Magazine article New Internationalist

From A to X: A Story in Letters

Magazine article New Internationalist

From A to X: A Story in Letters

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From A to X: A Story in Letters by John Berger (Verso, ISBN 9781844672882)

One of the books which shaped my political outlook as a teenager was John Berger's groundbreaking study, Ways of Seeing. Over the decades he has followed this seminal work with a steady stream of novels, poetry, polemic and works that transcend boundaries. He won the Booker Prize for his novel G in 1972 (and famously gave half the prize money to the Black Panther Movement) and his work has often tackled the plight of refugees and the rural poor. Now in his eighties, Berger's writing is as strong and passionate as it ever was and his latest novel, From A to X, is a heartrending love-story and a searing indictment of authoritarianism in all its forms.

The novel is set in a nameless oppressive state and it takes the form of a series of letters, spanning years if not decades, from A'ida to her lover Xavier, who is in prison for subversive activities. …

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