What does John Berger say?
October 23, 2012 7:20 PM Subscribe
From the essay"Portrait of a Masked Man" by John Berger.( American Essays2009) I literally understand English,but I can't get what he actually says. Could you explain them intelligibly? Well,is there anyone who has read this book and could help me to read some of them?
posted by mizukko to writing & language (9 answers total)
1) Mexico has some of the most extensive silver mines in the world,as the conquistadors rapidly discoverd. It is also a land of mirrors. Some framed palatial ones many times shattered, and, more extensively ,a multitude of fragments, trinkets, sequins,shards of mirror and mica cathing the light. "When we touched the hearts of others,we also touched their sorrows. It was as if we were seeing ourselves in a mirror, "the Zapatistas declared in the Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle, two and a half years ago.
(Land of mirrors? I have no idea if he uses a kind of metaphor or not.)
2) Mexico City is perhaps the third- largest metropolis in the world, with a soaring population of well over twenty million......There are three "stories " of flyover roads.....The ancient Aztec city of Tenochtitlan has finally been transformed into a roundabout for the interests of corporate capitalism.
(I checked the site ,but found only " two "stories of flyover roads in this city. And what does it mean,"roundabout" here?)