Here Is Where We Meet
One hot afternoon in Lisbon, the narrator finds his long-dead mother seated on a park bench. "The dead don't stay ...more
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"If you have to cry, he said, and sometimes you can't help it, if you have to cry, cry afterwards, never during! Remember this. Unless you're with those who love you, only those who love you, and in that case you're already lucky, for there are never many who love yo ...more
This reads like a dream, only it is impeccably lucid. The gears of reality work its wonders in subtly blending it in the seemingly ceaseless moments of rendezvous and longing with the past; with it are people John has lost in many, many ways. ** "Life depends upon finding cover. Everything hides. What has vanished has gone into hiding. An absence — as after the departure of the dead — is felt as a loss but not as an abandonment. The dead a ...more
In engaging in the delightful fantasy that something like this might be truly possible, I would find myself asking much more considered questions; would find myself expressing all the things I ...more
"Life depends on finding cover," the narrator writes. "Everything hides. What has va ...more
Though critics can't agree exactly what genre Berger is working in ("autobiographical fiction, fictional autobiography, or maybe a hybrid of breviary, consecration, and ancestor worship," says Harper's), the praise for his writing comes so close to unanimity that classification seems beside the point. It's one thing to earn artistic freedom, something this British author has done with classic works of fiction (the trilogy Into Their Labors) and art criticism (About Looking and Ways of Seeing); i...more
"Ways of Seeing," a book and series that has been a life-long inspiration, and before his death, was all I had known John Berger for. "Here is Where We Meet" is his first fiction I've read, and includes much of the challenging ways of viewing the world that made "Ways of Seeing" such a ground breaking work. The story crosses from England to Poland, from friends to lovers, from birth to death, reminiscing and peering f ...more
"I risk to write nonsense these days.
Just write down what you find.
I'll never know what I've found.
No, you'll never know. All you have to know is whether you're lying or whether you're trying to tell the truth, you can't aff ...more
It's a strange story that could occur anywhere and to anyone with age to them. Yes, the "narrator finds his long-dead mother seated on a park bench"...and that allows Berger to tell many stories because the narrator's mother, as well as others you know are or aren't there, tell stories you couldn't tell without them. For me there's a few bonuses...like cave art, rivers, rocks, and trees.
~ Linda Campbell Franklin ...more
John Berger's writing took me back to the atmosphere of Lisbon, the unmatchable closeness one has with one's fellow art school students and gave me faith that our memories of food, travel, art and lost loved ones carry along with us into the present. ...more
Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter. Since then, his production has incre ...more
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