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Here is Where We Meet

Author

John Berger

Published Date

08-08-2006

Publisher

Vintage

ISBN

9781400079339

"Everything in life, John, is a question of drawing a line, and you have to decide for yourself where to draw it. You can’t draw it for others. You can try, of course, but it doesn’t work. People obeying rules laid down by somebody else is not the same thing as respecting life."

About this book

“Everything in life, John, is a question of drawing a line, and you have to decide for yourself where to draw it. You can’t draw it for others. You can try, of course, but it doesn’t work. People obeying rules laid down by somebody else is not the same thing as respecting life. And if you want to respect life, you have to draw a life.” (quote from Chapter I. Lisboa) This interweaving autobiographical tale mingles the dead with the living, in the present with the past. It is about living and making sense of what is left behind when you are gone. The book guides the readers from one city to the next, from Lisboa and Genève to Islington and Le Pont d'Arc where John encounters his acquaintances and the dead, telling all absorbing stories and making an impact in their own quiet ways. You can feel the beauty and fragility of existence in the rendezvous.

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