‘Lisboa’ by John Berger

Sometimes described as a novel, Here Is Where We Meet is a collection of stories, with no distinction between the autobiographical and the fiction. Towards the end of the book, Berger writes, ‘The number of lives that enter our own are incalculable.” In the collection, Berger takes stock of the incalculable; the first story is Lisboa, in which he has a lengthy, digressive conversation with his long-dead mother who reappears on a park bench. Berger is such a tender writer with, like Zambreno, an instantly recognisable and unique voice.

From Here Is Where We Meet, Bloomsbury, 2014