The setup is simple. One prison closes, another opens. The prisoners are transferred. A packet of letters is found. Well, three packets. You’re sure the rules of the game are simple but they remain perpetually obscure. The letters aren’t in chronological order. Some were sent to Xavier, the prisoner; some were never mailed. “A’ida obviously chose not to refer in her letters to her ongoing life as an activist,” John Berger tells us in his introduction. “Occasionally, however, she couldn’t resist what I suspect to be a reference. This is how I interpret her remarks about playing canasta. I doubt whether she played canasta.” Read more…