"A man called Berg, who changed his name to Greb, came to a seaside town intending to kill his father. . . . " So begins Ann Quin's first novel, a bleak and gritty story of three charaters--Alastair Berg, his father, and their mistress. Written in a style that vacillates between dirty realism and surreal comedy, BERG chronicles the interrelations between these three characters as they slowly circle one another in an ascending spiral of violence.