Magazine article New Internationalist

Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance

Magazine article New Internationalist

Hold Everything Dear: Dispatches on Survival and Resistance

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Hold Everything Dear

Dispatches on Survival and Resistance

by John Berger (Verso ISBN 9781 84467 138 o)

'The eternal,' according to Spinoza, 'is now', and this book is John Berger writing to the moment. The 'dispatches' collected in it exemplify a rare, because brave, form of journalism. They are a way of taking history personally.

'The present period of history is one of the Wall,' he writes, for example. 'When the Berlin one fell, the prepared plans to build walls everywhere were unrolled. Concrete, bureaucratic, surveillance, security, racist walls... The walls cross every sphere, from crop cultivation to healthcare. They exist in the richest metropolises in the world...'

Written between 2002 and 2006, there are notes on a visit to the Palestinian Territories and on the America that now offers the world 'shock and awe'. …

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