The Underground Sea is a succinct, urgent collection of writing from John Berger's archive. It brings together for the first time his work on mineworkers and the miners' strikes and has been edited as a set of actions for today. Publication of The Underground Sea marks the 40th Anniversary of the 1984-5 Strike, at a time when people are rediscovering the necessity, power and possibilities of collective action.Including transcripts and image-essay of his rarely-seen BBC programme, Germinal; interviews and his essay 'Miners', it places itself in the heart of a Derbyshire mining village, with reflections on the everyday life of a typical pit community. Berger grapples with the politics of witness as he studies the miners' labour and the wider community shaped in service to this work. Reflecting on their precarity, he goes back to Zola's novel for hope that 'a new world is germinating underneath the ground. And when it arrives, it will crack open the earth.'
- Publisher: Canongate Books
- ISBN: 9781805302995
- Number of pages: 128
- Weight: 253g
- Dimensions: 221 x 140 x 14 mm