10 April 2007

Something to Look Forward to - Summer Reading

Although it has been unseasonably cold here lately, summer really is just around the corner - I promise! Verso promises (for June publication) this new collection of essays from John Berger that should prove to be wonderfully provocative warm-weather reading.

According to Verso, the volume is subtitled "Dispatches on Survival & Resistance." It contains, I think, a short essay I read last summer, published in the journal Critical Inquiry. The essay is entitled "Undefeated Despair" and, in it, Berger reflects on life "amongst the rubble" which is ubiquitous in Palestine. Berger refers not just to material debris, but to the "rubble of words," to language that has lost its meanings or is systematically ignored.

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