Anne Michaels; John Berger Railtracks

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Railtracks is a unique collaboration between two writers of remarkable achievement. A profound meditation on railways, love and loss, at once intimate and committed, it moves from the industrial to the metaphysical, from the tectonic shifts of globalization to the interior pulses of memory, and from the present to a past that still exists in vivid, essential traces.

This sensual and exploratory dialogue is accompanied throughout by the evocative photography of Tereza Stehlíková, charting its own atmospheric passage by train through the forested, winter landscapes of Southern Bohemia.

Summoning potent, hidden histories and deeply personal journeys, Railtracks seeks, with a rigorous and reflective urgency, to bear witness to the pain of separations and the consolation of meetings.

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John Berger is a storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist, and commentator. The author of numerous books, his most recent publications include Hold Everything Dear, From A to X, and Bento's Sketchbook. He lives in France.

Anne Michaels is the multi-award winning author of two novels, Fugitive Pieces and The Winter Vault, and three collections of poetry, The Weight of Oranges, Miner's Pond, and Skin Divers. She is also a composer for the theater. She lives in Toronto.

Tereza Stehlíková is an artist and filmmaker. Co-founder of the cross-arts magazine Artesian, she also coordinates the international artists' collective Art in Touch. Born in Prague, she now lives and works in London.

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"Searing the mind with stunning images while seducing with radiant prose, this brilliant first novel [Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels] is a story of damaged lives and the indestructibility of the human spirit.... A bestseller in Canada, the novel will make readers yearn to share it with others, to read sentences and entire passages aloud, to debate its message, to acknowledge its wisdom." —Publishers Weekly

"Anne Michaels's long poem [Correspondences] is calm and challenging. She writes with an intensity that takes time to adjust to – she has always been an acquired taste. This is partly because her writing is unleavened by wit. And there are moments here where she teeters on the brink of pseudery such as the line in which she writes about 'all invisible freedoms/contained in a pair of socks.' She is not afraid of getting a laugh for the wrong reasons." —The Guardian

"...unruly attentiveness animates everything Berger has written...In his own brusque, vehement way, Berger is a formidable stylist, and it’s easy to see how much his successors...owe him." —New York Times

Railtracks brings the dead back to life, and reminds us that we walk on the bones of those who went before us...atmospheric and emotionally evocative.” —The Guardian

Michael Ondaatje said of Anne Michaels works, "They represent the human being entire."

The Independent said of her prose, “Most contemporary novels are dwarfed by its reach, its compassion, its wisdom.”

“It is rare to see such perfection on the page. Railtracks will be returned to again and again for as long as eyes can see, and when they fail, someone else can read it to me.” —Wales Arts Review

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