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The pocket in question is a small pocket of resistance. A pocket is formed when two or more people come together in agreement. The resistance is against the inhumanity of the New World Economic Order. The people coming together are the reader, me, and those the essays are about–Rembrandt, Paleolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of a certain hotel bedroom, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our conviction that what is happening in the world today is wrong, and that what is often said about it is a lie. I’ve never written a book with a greater sense of urgency.
–John Berger

Table of Contents

1. Opening a Gate
2. Steps Towards a Small Theory of the Visible (for Yves)
3. Studio Talk (for Miquel Barceló)
4. The Chauvet Cave
5. Penelope
6. The Fayum Portraits
7. Degas
8. Drawing: Correspondence with Leon Kossoff
9. Vincent
10. Michelangelo
11. Rembrandt and the Body
12. A Cloth Over the Mirror
13. Brancusi
14. The River Po
15. Giorgio Morandi (for Gianni Celati)
16. Pull the Other Leg, It's Got Bells On It
17. Frida Kahlo
18. A Bed (for Christoph Hänsli)
19. A Man with Tousled Hair
20. An Apple Orchard (An Open Letter to Raymond Barre, Mayor of Lyon)
21. Brushes Standing Up in Jars
22. Against the Great Defeat of the World
23. Correspondence with Subcomandante Marcos:
—I. The Herons
—II. The Herons and Eagles
—III. How to Live with Stones
24. Will It Be a Likeness? (for Juan Munoz)
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John Berger's many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, the Booker Prize–winning novel G., and To the Wedding.


  • The Shape of a Pocket by John Berger
  • March 11, 2003
  • Art - Criticism; Art
  • Vintage
  • $16.00
  • 9780375718885

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