Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783608799 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783608805 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only

A Jar of Wild Flowers

Essays in Celebration of John Berger

Edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam and Amarjit Chandan

A Jar of Wild Flowers

Edited by Yasmin Gunaratnam and Amarjit Chandan

Distributed for Zed Books

300 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783608799 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783608805 Published November 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In celebration of the ninetieth birthday of eminent artist and writer John Berger, AJar of Wild Flowers brings together essays, reflections, and conversations about his work. For decades, Berger’s poetic humanism has inspired and brought together historically, geographically, and socially disparate subjects. His work continues to unite genres and range across types of experience, opening up radical questions about the meaning of belonging and community. In keeping with this spirit, the contributions to A Jar of Wild Flowers challenge us to take the brave step outside ourselves to offer extended generosity and compassion.
 
This international and cross-cultural collection includes short pieces by thirty of Berger’s friends, artistic collaborators, and others inspired by his work, including Julie Christie, Sally Potter, Ram Rahman, Ali Smith, Nick Thorpe, Hsiao-Hung Pai, and many others. This will be an anthology to be treasured by any fan of Berger’s extensive and influential ouevre. 
 
Review Quotes
The Guardian
"John Berger's most tangible influences were that tiny band of intellectuals who combined fine-art criticism with a social conscience: John Ruskin; Oscar Wilde; Walter Benjamin. Great writers all, and 82-year-old Berger is their equal."
 
New Statesman
"Berger's republished works underscore that it is still very much possible, even long after the heyday of literary modernism has passed, to be formally adventurous and deeply readable, sharply critical of the status quo and unremittingly humane - all at the same time."
 
Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things
"John Berger teaches us how to think, how to feel, how to stare at things till we see what we thought wasn’t there. But above all he teaches us how to love in the face of adversity. He is a master."—Arundhati Roy
 
Arundhati Roy, author of Capitalism: A Ghost Story
“John Berger has made the world a better place to live in. I do not say this lightly. These essays tell us how he succeeded in that task.”

 
Anne Michaels
“An outstanding celebration of the commitment, compassion, and fierceness of John’s generosity in his life and work. For decades, John has sought the heart of things and given strength. Come to this beautiful book for solidarity, for vision, and the affirmation that some voices are so true they must be heard.”—Anne Michaels
Suad Amiry
“Like John Berger himself: remarkable in every sense. This collection is expansive, intimate, sensuous, poetic, and political. A book that enriches the soul.”—Saud Amiry
Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient
“The essays in this collection speak to the great range of Berger’s writing that time and again reveals a crucial and often unspoken history of our times.”
 
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