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Railtracks

"Impossible now to think of train travel without a kind of tenderness - as if that is what love is: arrival after arrival". A conversation between the writers Anne Michaels and John Berger, in dialogue with a photographic journey through southern Bohemia, evokes the intimate meanings and shared belongings that unfold to the rhythm and the heartbeat of the world the railways made.

A. It is the sound of vanishing - the music as it plays itself to silence, the train as it travels away, a voice left on magnetic tape.

J. Walking with you down the platform. The 8.26 for Laramie. In the minute that's still left we have to do everything.

  I hurry ahead faster than the train. This way, for a fraction of a second, I'll see you approaching again.

A. A photograph of a ghost is sound.

J. Your face in the window...

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Anne Michaels and John Berger's Railtracks, with photographs by Tereza Stehliková, is published by Go Together Press in association with Artevents and the London Review Bookshop (from which it is available exclusively and globally)

 

 

About the authors

John Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter, poet and author. His novel G. won the 1972 Booker Prize. His seminal essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, was written as an accompaniment to his 1972 BBC TV series of the same name.

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Anne Michaels and John Berger, with photographs by Tereza Stehliková, Railtracks (Go Together Press, 2011)

Go Together Press 

John Berger

Artevents 

Anne Michaels

Tereza Stehliková

London Review Bookshop


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