From A to X - Man Booker Longlist 2008

Author(s): John Berger


In the dusty, ramshackle town of Suse lives A'ida. Her insurgent husband Xavier has been imprisoned. Resolute, sensuous and tender, A'ida's letters to the man she loves tell of daily events in the town, and of its motley collection of inhabitants whose lives flow through hers. But Suse is under threat, and as a faceless power inexorably encroaches from outside, so the smallest details and acts of humanity - an intimate dance, a shared meal - assume for A'ida a life-affirming significance, acts of resistance against the forces that might otherwise extinguish them. "From A to X" is a powerful exploration of how humanity affirms itself in struggle: imagining a community which, besieged by economic and military imperialism, finds transcendent hope in the pain and fragility, vulnerability and sorrow of daily existence.


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"Remarkable... Like all great novelists, all great people, John Berger guides his characters and his readers tenderly and with intimate humor. There is the voice of Isaiah and Jeremiah in this book, but also the compassion of a New Testament." Michael Ondaatje"

Storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, JOHN BERGER is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet and, most recently, Hold Everything Dear.

General Fields

  • : 9781844672882
  • : Verso Books
  • : Verso Books
  • : September 2008
  • : 204mm X 136mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Berger
  • : Hardback
  • : 1008
  • : 823.914
  • : 224
  • : illustrations