First published in 1995, To the Wedding is a forgotten classic - the best book Berger has written and one of the most moving love stories ever written. John Berger's most recent novel, From A to X, has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2008 For fans of The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje and Fugitive Pieces by Anne MichaelsWith a new introduction by Nadeem Aslam, author of Maps for Lost Lovers
John Berger was born in London in 1926. His many books, innovative in form and far-reaching in their historical and political insight, include the Booker Prize-winning novel G, To the Wedding and King. Amongst his outstanding studies of art and photography are Another Way of Telling, The Success and Failure of Picasso, Titian: Nymph and Shepherd (with Katya Berger) and the internationally acclaimed Ways of Seeing. He lives and works in a small village in the French Alps, the setting for his trilogy Into Their Labours (Pig Earth, Once in Europa and Lilac and Flag). His collection of essays The Shape of a Pocket was published in 2001. His latest novel, From A to X, was published in 2008.
British novelist and art critic Berger's novel is a bittersweet love story celebrating post-Cold War Europe. (Mar.)
'To The Wedding is one of the greatest and most honest love stories of our time. It does what all great literature can and should do -- we become alive in bodies, stories, histories, geographies not our own. We are given a new lease on life through an imaginative act. If I ever pack up my books, this novel will not go into a box, rather I will slip it into my overcoat and carry it with me wherever I happen to be' Colum McCann 'No one knows more about the necessity of love than John Berger: what love makes us capable of, and incapable of. This is a book of the most precise humanity. No one who reads it will forget what it makes us understand: every action has its twin, conscionable or unconscionable; every truth, its shadow in the world; everything lost, alive in love' Anne Michaels 'A masterpiece ... a novel that will haunt you' Sunday Telegraph 'A great, sad, and tender lyric, a novel that is a vortex of community and compassion that somehow overcomes fate and death. Wherever I live in the world, I know I will have this book with me' Michael Ondaatje