John Berger is an essayist and storyteller. His most recent books are From A to X, Bento's Sketchbook (both Verso) and Why Look at Animals? (Penguin Great Ideas).

In the time of a song

Before or within a work of art we enter a different configuration of time. I call it the time of a song. For both 'singer' and 'listener' nothing is needed except the sharing of the song. And the song is simultaneously a proposal and a result, an appeal and an answer, a pain and a solace.

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