About Looking

About Looking - Vintage International

1st Vintage International Edition

Paperback (08 Jan 1992)

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Publisher's Synopsis

As a novelist, art critic, and cultural historian, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger is a writer of dazzling eloquence and arresting insight whose work amounts to a subtle, powerful critique of the canons of our civilization. In About Looking he explores our role as observers to reveal new layers of meaning in what we see. How do the animals we look at in zoos remind us of a relationship between man and beast all but lost in the twentieth century? What is it about looking at war photographs that doubles their already potent violence? How do the nudes of Rodin betray the threats to his authority and potency posed by clay and flesh? And how does solitude inform the art of Giacometti? In asking these and other questions, Berger quietly -- but fundamentally -- alters the vision of anyone who reads his work.

Book information

ISBN: 9780679736554
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint: Vintage Books
Pub date:
Edition: 1st Vintage International Edition
DEWEY: 701.15
DEWEY edition: 20
Language: English
Number of pages: 205
Weight: 249g
Height: 203mm
Width: 133mm
Spine width: 16mm