Cities in Fiction: Perambulations with John Berger

Christian De Cock*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper explores selected novels by John Berger in which cities play a central role. These cities are places, partially real and partially imagined, where memory, hope, and despair intersect. My reading of the novels enables me to trace important themes in recent discourses on the nature of contemporary capitalism, including notions of resistance and universality. I also show how Berger’s work points to a writing that can break free from the curious capacity of capitalism to absorb and feed of its critiques.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture and Organization
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)197-210
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Berger
  • Capitalism
  • Fiction
  • Resistance
  • Universality
  • Critique

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