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Lilac and Flag (Into Their Labours #3)

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As Dickens and Balzac did for their time, so John Berger does for ours, rendering the movement of a people and the passing of a way of life in his masterwork, the Into Their Labours trilogy. With Lilac and Flag, the Alpine village of the two earlier volumes has been forsaken for the mythic city of Troy. Here, amidst the shantytowns, factories, and opulent hotels, fading he

Paperback, 188 pages
Published October 27th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1990)
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Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Questa è una fiaba d’amore: Zsuzsa/Lillà e Sucus/Bandiera si incontrano e si innamorano.
Vivono a Troia, che è il luogo mitico ma anche traffico, caos, tecnologia.
Lei è una ragazza bella e cordiale, lui un ragazzo anarchico come lo si è spesso alla sua età.
Per fare soldi organizzano insieme al fratello di lei un furto di passaporti.

”Jonas che avrà 25 anni nel Duemila”, film del 1976 sceneggiato dallo stesso John Berger insieme al regista Alain Tanner.

Berger inventa n
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Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“The hay smelt of how the sky loved the earth.”
Lilac and Flag is a love story – it is a tale of a deadly love. And it is a bleak urban mystery.
This novel, crowning the brilliant Into Their Labours trilogy, is an authentic dusky jewel.
“There is a moment early in the morning before much blood has been spilt, before the pitilessness of the strong has reached its apogee, when the night players are at last asleep and free of their sadness, there is a moment when the new day seems almost innocent.”
May 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heart of Berger's amazing life and literary project. Berger, a Booker Prize-winner and well-known left-wing art critic, left London in 1975 and made a new home in a peasant community in rural France, allowing his writing style to change (I would say develop) based on what he learned there. He wanted to know what the world was losing, or at least what Europe, that part of Europe was losing, in the processes of globalization and urbanization, the separating of the lower classes from a relation ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in Berger's trilogy, Into Their Labours, which begins with Pig Earth and the peasants of an alpine villager and moves on through Once in Europa and the dislocations of modernization. Here we have arrived in a mythical but all-too-familiar megalopolis called Troy where the main characters struggle to survive on the fringes of late stage capitalist extremes. Berger was a genius at telling a story that is both deeply grounded in the material qualities of everyday life and suff ...more
I didn't like this book, the last in the series "Into their Labors."

There is the contrivance of the mythical city of Troy which felt forced, as did the sort of meta-story effect told by the old woman. There is still a lot of beauty and detail, but the first two books seem like a case of writing what you know and finding the myth within, and this book feels like a myth imposed. I'm disappointed to finish the series this way, but you can't win them all.

I should also confess a prejudice about char
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

This was a completion of a beautiful trilogy of life in France. Lilac and Flag parallels Helen of Troy-greek stories, it was about love, it was a fable, a legend. In some of my reading I like to explore the boundaries of human nature, yet I have come to realize there really are no boundaries. France, a beautiful and amazing country entered into my fiction reading and carried on to make next choice after this which was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Oct 11, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in 2003 and reading it again now.
Finished reading 'Lilac and Flag' first published in 1992 - I think it was a kind of prototype for John Berger's later 'King : A Street Story' in 1999 - a fantastic tale from a disintegrating Europe told by a dog called 'King', a companion of the homeless
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Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is Berger's best- and that is saying something, as I think he is ones of the truly great writers. Deeply moving, and stays with you forever.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this is the begining and/or the end of john berger.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. A simple story and tenderly written. I really believed the two main characters. Read in one sitting!
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John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college text.

Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter. Since then, his production has incre
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