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John Berger
From A to X: A Story in Letters
 
 
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John Berger.
Publisher Verso  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.05 x 0.65 inches
ISBN 9781844673612
Pages/Publication Date 197/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32050
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(A 2008 Man Booker Prize Nominee) The author of Ways of Seeing, Hold Everything Dear, and G, Booker Prize winner John Berger here gives us a beautifully imagined story of love and resistance. In the dusty, ramshackle town of Suse lives A'ida, whose insurgent husband Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous, and tender, A'ida's letters to Xavier tell of daily events in the town and of its motley collection of inhabitants—details that take on life-affirming significance as acts of resistance when the town is threatened by a nameless army.

"From A to X is one of the most tender and poignant books I have read for many years. Its power rests in its economy of means, its account of enduring love surviving oppression. It demonstrates that however foul the forces oppressing us, love and the human spirit are indestructible."—Harold Pinter

"A'ida is a pharmacist and a dissident in a poor village in a dusty land under tyrannical rule enforced with tanks and Apache helicopters. She could be living her austere, attentive, stoic, and courageous life in North Africa, Spain, South America, or the Middle East. Xavier, her beloved, a rebel, is in prison, serving two life sentences. A'ida knows that his jailers read her letters to Xavier first, so she fashions letter-poems, lyric and coded, laced with dreams, fantasies, memories, and philosophical musings about justice, survival, the degradation of soldiers goaded into attacking civilians, and the covert messages of the body that defy surveillance, censorship, punishment. As for Xavier, he writes brief, factual comments on the deplorable state of the world on the back of A'ida's artful letters, the notes of a caged but unbowed resister.... Berger, a writer of conscience, exquisite restraint, and tender sensuality, tells a beautifully sorrowful story of love, conviction, and defiance in a time of brutal indifference."—Booklist

 
 
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