Submitted by Arthur on Tue, 2017-01-03 10:38
‘If I’m a storyteller it’s because I listen’
John Berger was best-known for Ways of Seeing, a highly influential criticism of western cultural aesthetics. It was originally aired as a four-part BBC television series and subsequently published as a book. In 1972, the same year in which Ways of Seeing was published, Berger won the Booker Prize with his critically-acclaimed novel G and famously donated half the prize money to the British Black Panther Party.
In reaction to the news of his death, author Jeanette Winterson praised him as ‘an energy source in a depleted world’. Jarvis Cocker recently commented that ‘there are a few authors that can change the way you look at the world through their writing and John Berger is one of them.’
Berger died on 2 January 2017 at the age of 90