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To the Wedding

To the Wedding

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Author: Berger, John

Brand: Vintage

Color: Grey

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 208

Release Date: 19-03-1996

Details: Product Description Booker Prize-winning author John Berger gives a novel both tragic and joyous, intelligent and erotic. In To the Wedding, a blind Greek peddler tells the story of the wedding between a fellow peddler and his bride in a remarkable series of vivid and telling vignettes. As the book cinematically moves from one character's perspective to another, events and characters move toward the convergence of the wedding--and a haunting dance of love and death. Amazon.com Review With the sensuous eye and profound sense of history that have made him one of the most acclaimed living novelists, John Berger, author of , tells the story of a wedding that takes place in a Europe that is approaching the end of the century, a place where everything has changed - and not even the certainties of love are exempt. This is Berger's fin de siecle , a transcendent celebration of passion at the end of our millennium. From Publishers Weekly British novelist and art critic Berger's novel is a bittersweet love story celebrating post-Cold War Europe. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. From the Inside Flap A blind Greek peddler tells the story of the wedding between a fellow peddler and his bride in a remarkable series of vivid and telling vignettes. As the book cinematically moves from one character's perspective to another, events and characters move toward the convergence of the wedding--and a haunting dance of love and death. About the Author 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 1958, and since then his books have included  Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy  Into Their Labours, and the novel  G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, and lived in a small village in the French Alps. He died in 2017. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Wonderful a fistful of snow in the mouths of men suffering summer heat Wonderful the spring winds for mariners who long to set sail And more wonderful still the single sheet over two lovers on a bed. I like quoting ancient verses when the occasion is apt. I remember most of what I hear, and I listen all day but sometimes I do not know how to fit everything together. When this happens I cling to words or phrases which seem to ring true. In the quartier around Plaka, which a century or so ago was a swamp and is now where the market is held, I'm called Tsobanakos. This means a man who herds sheep. A man from the mountains. I was given this name on account of a song. Each morning before I go to the market I polish my black shoes and brush the dust off my hat which is a Stetson. There is a lot of dust and pollution in the city and the sun makes them worse. I wear a tie too. My favourite is a flashy blue and white one. A blind man should never neglect his appearance. If he does, there are those who jump to false conclusions. I dress like a jeweller and what I sell in the market are tamata. Tamata are appropriate objects for a blind man to sell for you can recognise one from another by touch. Some are made of tin, others of silver and some of gold. All of them are as thin as linen and each one is the size of a credit card. The word tama comes from the verb t?zo, to make an oath. In exchange for a promise made, people hope for a blessing or a deliverance. Young men buy a tama of a sword before they do their military service, and this is a way of asking: May I come out of it unhurt. Or something bad happens to somebody. It may be an illness or an accident. Those who love the person who is in danger make an oath before God that they will perform a good act if the loved one recovers. When you are alone in the world, you can even do it for yourself. Before my customers go to pray, they buy a tama from me and put a ribbon through its h

EAN: 9780679767770

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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