Lilac and Flag

John Berger’s trilogy of books about the decline of traditional rural life in France begins in an Alpine village, not unlike the one where he has made his home for many years. Pig Earth is made up of stories, memories and poems collected from the villagers, and paints an unsentimental portrait of life on the land, its harshness, the claustrophobia of small closed communities, but also its joys and little victories. In Once in Europa a young couple are forced to leave the village for the city, and their children, deracinated and ill at ease in the city, knowing nothing about their rural heritage, form the main subject of the final volume Lilac and Flag. ‘A magnificent trilogy’, wrote Anthony Burgess, ‘moving in an almost unbearable way.’

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