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By John Berger

During this luminous novel -- winner of Britain's prestigious Booker Prize -- John Berger relates the tale of "G.," a tender guy forging an lively sexual profession in Europe in the course of the early years of this century. With profound compassion, Berger explores the hearts and minds of either women and men, and what occurs in the course of intercourse, to bare the stipulations of the Don Juan's luck: his crucial loneliness, the quiet cumulation in every one of his sexual studies of all of these that precede it, the tenderness that infuses even the briefest of his encounters, and how ladies event their very own extraordinariness via their moments with him. All of this Berger units opposed to the turbulent backdrop of Garibaldi and the failed revolution of Milanese staff in 1898, the Boer warfare, and the 1st flight around the Alps, making G. an excellent novel concerning the look for intimacy in history's inner most moments.

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