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Twenty-nine thousand nights : a Communist life : Nan Berger

Author: Ruth Ewan; Nan Berger
Publisher: London : Book Works, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Commissioned for 'Beyond Words', Ruth Ewan has unearthed an unpublished manuscript of Nan Berger (1914-1998)--international activist, writer and editor, and lifelong member of the Communist Party. Now a forgotten figure, she gained brief public recognition for her work in the Ministry of Transport, resolving the coal crisis in the winter of 1947-48, for which she was awarded an OBE. Her autobiography is unfinished,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Artists' books
Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Ruth Ewan; Nan Berger; Ruth Ewan; Nan Berger
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Ewan; Nan Berger
ISBN: 1906012865 9781906012861
OCLC Number: 1007082745
Notes: Postcard is portrait of Nan Berger, by William Townsend, c. 1930.
Description: 191 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 postcard (color)
Other Titles: 29,000 nights
Responsibility: a project by Ruth Ewan.

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"Commissioned for 'Beyond Words', Ruth Ewan has unearthed an unpublished manuscript of Nan Berger (1914-1998)--international activist, writer and editor, and lifelong member of the Communist Party. Now a forgotten figure, she gained brief public recognition for her work in the Ministry of Transport, resolving the coal crisis in the winter of 1947-48, for which she was awarded an OBE. Her autobiography is unfinished, consisting of contemporary notes alongside more detailed accounts of parts of her life: the anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s, pre-war USA, post-war life in Poland, China, and her activities with the National Council of Civil Liberties and the anti-apartheid struggle. The gaps are filled by Ruth Ewan with archival material that ranges from MI5 surveillance files, family photographs, archived journals, and publications, that presents evidence of an extraordinary life of radical politics and compassion for others. Ruth Ewan is an artist based in Glasgow, and is known for creating context-specific artworks. She works with found material, history, collaborators, and participants to realise her projects, which are often grounded in focused research into hidden social and political histories."--Publisher webpage.

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