The Shape of a Pocket

`Berger’s conclusions are conveyed with breathtaking originality and poetic precision’ Sunday Times

`This book is a reminder, and a celebration, of the fact that curious minds can still make a difference’ Independent on Sunday

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`An intellect powered by passion, not detached from but deeply engaged with the practical world in which we live’ Scotsman

`He handles thoughts the way an artist handles paint. His mind is spattered with colour. These essays smell of oil and resin and sweat, not only because they are about painters, but because his writing has a physical reality’ The Times
`Berger’s conclusions are conveyed with breathtaking originality and poetic precision’ Sunday Times

`This book is a reminder, and a celebration, of the fact that curious minds can still make a difference’ Independent on Sunday

‘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, Palaeolithic cave painters, a Romanian peasant, ancient Egyptians, an expert in the loneliness of certain hotel bedrooms, dogs at dusk, a man in a radio station. And unexpectedly, our exchanges strengthen each of us in our conviction that what is happening to 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