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Nov 14, 2000
| ISBN 9780375705342
Nov 07, 2012
| ISBN 9780307794307
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Nov 14, 2000 | ISBN 9780375705342
Nov 07, 2012 | ISBN 9780307794307
With the poetic acuity that renders his work timeless, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger brings us a twenty-four hour chronicle of homelessness. Beside a highway, in a wasteland furnished with smashed trucks and broken washing machines, lives a homeless community of once-hopeful individuals, now abandoned by the twentieth century.King, our narrator, is the guardian of a homeless couple, stealing meat from the butcher and sharing the warmth of his flesh. His canine sensibility affords him both amnesty from human hardship and rare insight into his companions’ lives. Through his senses we see–clearly and unsentimentally–the dignity and strength that can survive within chaos and pain.
In this book you will be led to a place you haven’t been, from where few stories come. You will be led by King, a dog–or is he a dog?–to a wasteland beside the highway called Saint Valéry. Here, at the end of the twentieth century, among smashed trucks, old boilers, and broken washing machines, live Liberto, Malak, Jack, Corinna, Danny, Anna, Joachim, Saul, Alfonso, and Vico and Vica.Listen to King’s voice as he tells a different kind of story: twenty-four hours pass and lives are lived. It is good to have survived another winter, for now it is spring, when the nights, though cold, are no longer harsh enough to kill. The wet season is over, and with it the hopelessness of damp. Today the sun will shine: of what else will the day be made?King is at once a furious homage to the homeless and a lyrical meditation on language and experience. The bitter yet celebratory prose speaks to us all.
John Berger was born in London in 1926. He is well known for his novels and stories as well as for his works of nonfiction, including several volumes of art criticism. His first novel, A Painter of Our Time, was published in… More about John Berger
"King delights in the power of the imagination to transform small enjoyments into a full life."–The Baltimore Sun"King is relentlessly unsentimental and heartbreaking."–Los Angeles Times"Berger’s ambition to explore his political and moral beliefs through fiction has never been more fully realized."–Times Literary Supplement"Berger seamlessly melds literature and conscience here." —
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