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1972 Booker Prize Winner

G by John Berger


Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

Length: 336 pages

About: Intimacy explored in the turmoil of history

Style: 1st person

Where: Italy

When: 1913



Publisher’s synopsis:

With profound compassion, Berger explores the hearts and minds of both men and women, and what happens during sex, to reveal the conditions of the Don Juan’s success: his essential loneliness, the quiet cumulation in each of his sexual experiences of all of those that precede it, the tenderness that infuses even the briefest of his encounters, and the way women experience their own extraordinariness through their moments with him. All of this Berger sets against the turbulent backdrop of Garibaldi and the failed revolution of Milanese workers in 1889, the Boer War, and the first flight across the Alps.



I must emphasise that I have used the word 'play' as a metaphor so we can appreciate the essentially artificial, symbolic, exemplary and spectacular nature of the occasion.





As for the rest, his style is aggressively visual and animated by its inexorable present tense. Ultimately (and ignoring the common reader whom it will defeat) it is an arresting, inordinately vital, impersonal, and remarkable work. To read full review click here

Kirkus Reviews 1st September 1972



Not so good:

Of course, the space Berger leaves here is even more eloquent of confusion and chaos for the reader prepared to put in the imaginary work. It's a neat sleight of hand and similar clever little tricks abound in G. Sometimes, however, such metatextual interruptions are irritating. To read full review click here.

Guardian Book Blogs, Sam Jordian, 9th January 2008



About the author

John Berger was born in November 1926 in London. He served in the British Army from 1944 to 1946; he then enrolled in the Chelsea School of Art and the Central School of Art in London. In 1952 Berger began writing for the New Statesman, and quickly became an influential Marxist art critic. He has published a number of art books including the famous Ways of Seeing, which was turned into a television series by the BBC. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize and was also awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in the same year. John Berger moved to France a number of years ago and still lives there.


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Novels by same author:

Marcel Frishman (1958)

The Foot of Clive (1962)

Corker's Freedom (1964)

Keeping a Rendezvous (1991)

To the Wedding (1995)

Isabelle: A Story in Shorts (1998) (with Nella Bielski)

King: A Street Story (1998)

Here Is Where We Meet (2005)

From A to X (2008)








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2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner

It's a massive day in arts and journalism because the 100th annual Pulitzer Prize winners were just announced, and there's a big surprise. 2015's best artistic and nonfiction writing across 21 categories were recognized during a ceremony Monday afternoon at Columbia University in New York City. The first Pulitzer Prize was awarded to Hebert Bayward Swope, a reporter for The New York World, in 1916. (And if you're as big a fan of Newsies as I am, that paper should ring a bell, but try to think of it more positively.)

The major prize for book nerds, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction went to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press), a legitimate surprise, if you've been paying attention to the book nerd and industry buzz. The feeling around the prize in the last few months would have you putting all your hard-earned cash down on A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara to take home the award, but that's why you should never gamble. Viet Thanh Nguyen is no less deserving, and moreover, it's his debut novel, which makes it such a wonderful win.

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