Pig Earth: Book One of the Into Their Labours Trilogy

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 13, 2011 - Fiction - 210 pages
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With this haunting first volume of his Into Their Labours trilogy, John Berger begins his chronicle of the eclipse of peasant cultures in the twentieth century. Set in a small village in the French Alps, Pig Earth relates the stories of skeptical, hard-working men and fiercely independent women; of calves born and pigs slaughtered; of summer haymaking and long dark winters f rest; of a message of forgiveness from a dead father to his prodigal son; and of the marvelous Lucie Cabrol, exiled to a hut high in the mountains, but an inexorable part of the lives of men who have known her. Above all, this masterpiece of sensuous description and profound moral resonance is an act of reckoning that conveys the precise wealth and weight of a world we are losing.
 

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

Hey, I've got an idea! Why don't I write a trilogy of books about the French peasantry in the post-war period. And I'll combine vignettes, novellae, poems and short stories. And I'll do it all using ... Read full review

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I ached to have my arms in pig gore and my mind warped with gnole; truly epic writing transports all to an utterly lost world (from a suburban UK perspective anyway.) Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
7
Section 3
10
Section 4
15
Section 5
17
Section 6
22
Section 7
23
Section 8
34
Section 11
66
Section 12
69
Section 13
72
Section 14
93
Section 15
95
Section 16
123
Section 17
153
Section 18
179

Section 9
36
Section 10
52

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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.

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