Talk:John Berger

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The Into Their Labours trilogy isn't, strictly speaking, a trilogy of novels. The first two books are collections of long stories, and only the last one, Lilac and Flag, is a novel. I suggest that this category be renamed from "Novels" to "Fiction".

I would also suggest that, since non-ficton forms the vast bulk of Berger's output, that the Fiction section of his bibliography take second place to his other works. -Lexo (talk) 01:47, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Also, Photocopies isn't a novel but a collection of short episodes that aren't even fictional, so it belongs in another category altogether. -Lexo (talk) 01:50, 4 January 2017 (UTC)


I've corrected the statement that Berger settled in the French Alps in 1962. Although he left England at that point and seems to have been based mainly in France during the rest of the 1960s, it wasn't until he carried out the research for A Seventh Man that he was drawn to the Haute Savoie and the village where he still lives. This marked a watershed in his writing. Though, since the Literary Encyclopedia article which fixes the year as 1974 contains at least one error in the same sentence and I can't find a second source, I've left this as the mid-1970s. (Dougald Hine,

Please note his column in The Guardian of 12/17/06 which begins:

Today I am supporting a world-wide appeal to teachers, intellectuals and artists to join the cultural boycott of the state of Israel, as called for by over a hundred Palestinian academics and artists, and - very importantly - also by a number of Israeli public figures, who outspokenly oppose their country's illegal occupation of the Palestine territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Their call, printed in the Guardian today, can be read here. A full list of signatories can be found here.

The boycott is an active protest against two forms of exclusion which have persisted, despite many other forms of protestations, for over 60 years - for almost three generations. During this period the state of Israel has consistently excluded itself from any international obligation to heed UN resolutions or the judgement of any international court. To date, it has defied 246 Security Council Resolutions.

Haute Savoie?[edit]

We're sure he doesn't live in Antibes? --Duncan 12:53, 4 June 2007 (UTC)


A lot of this article is very woolly and short of facts. What does "Many of his texts, from sociological studies to fiction and poetry, deal with experience." mean? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:05, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Experience is "the process or fact of personally observing, encountering, or undergoing something". Berger's work often focuses on what we can learn from such experiences. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:56, 21 September 2012 (UTC)

But so do all novels and many essays and, well, most things, actually. I think I can see what you mean though. The line at least needs to be more clear: 'Many of his texts, from sociological studies to fiction and poetry, deal with the phenomenon of experience.' How about that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:07, 24 April 2013 (UTC)

The Shape of a Pocket[edit]

Could somebody who's familiar with this book please answer a question about it at Talk:Peter Marlow (photographer)? Thanks. -- Hoary (talk) 02:33, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

book review[edit]

I thought that was interesting. Maybe it can be used in the article. (talk) 09:28, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

This also is interesting:

I never heard of Berger til coming across the book review above by accident the other day, but now I want to read some of his stuff. (talk) 22:04, 14 January 2017 (UTC)