Granta 122

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 1905881665
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In a world of the future, people exist in a perpetual state of rehearsing evacuations, and one man's rehearsal involves leaving his parents behind. A firespotter knows all too well that where there's smoke, there's fire - but fails to spot the blaze that consumes half her family. Then there's the Custer impersonator who takes his role in a re-enactment too literally, and too far. And the massage therapist struggling to help a veteran whose biggest regret is tattooed across his back. With award-winning reportage, memoir, fiction and photography, Granta has illuminated the most complex issues of modern life through the refractory light of literature. Feel the sting of betrayal via new writing by Ben Marcus, Janine di Giovanni, Samantha Harvey, Colin Robinson, Jennifer Vanderbes, Callan Wink, John Burnside, Andre Aciman and more.

The Granta Book of Travel

Author: Ian Jack
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company
ISBN: 9781862071100
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Appealing to both those who like to travel and those who just like to read about travel, this book features entries about a wide variety of locations in a style that is part memoir, part reportage, and part good old-fashioned story. Many of the world’s best writers are featured in this edition, including Salman Rushdie, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Paul Theroux, Jonathan Raban, Norman Lewis, Graham Swift, Isabel Hilton, and Christopher Hitchens. Every essay is a gem, from “A Coup” by Bruce Chatwin to “Fat Girls in Des Moines” by Bill Bryson.

Boys in Zinc

Author: Svetlana Aleksievich
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN: 9780241264119
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Is the word 'Motherland' just a meaningless term to you? We did what the Motherland asked of us' From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed thousands of casualties on both sides. While the Soviet Union talked about a 'peace-keeping' mission, the dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins. Boys in Zincpresents the honest testimonies of soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war. Weaving together their stories, Svetlana Alexievich shows us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan conflict- the killing and the beauty of small everyday moments, the shame of returned veterans, the worries of all those left behind. When it was first published in the USSR in 1991, Boys in Zincsparked huge controversy for its unflinching, harrowing insight into the realities of war.

The Granta Book of India

Author: Ian Jack
Publisher: Granta Books
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The Granta Book of India includes extracts from the highly successful Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee. Included are: Suketu Mehta on Mumbai; Chitra Banerji's 'What Bengali Widows Cannot Eat'; Mark Tully on his childhood in Calcutta; Ian Jack'

Granta 117

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 1905881452
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In Rajesh Parameswaran’s short story, a tiger escapes from the zoo and narrates its adventures as it terrorizes a suburban neighbourhood. Nic Dunlop recounts his meeting with a Cambodian mass-murderer who has converted to Christianity and attempts to atone for his sins. Mark Doty ruminates on a close encounter between Walt Whitman and Bram Stoker, the grandfather of modern horror. All forms of horror – whether they begin in fright or disgust – involve an extraordinary confrontation. A surprise. In essays, reporting and short fiction, this issue of Granta will reveal the many ways we can be startled into horror.

The New Nature Writing

Author: Jason Cowley
Publisher: Granta Books (UK)
ISBN: 9781929001323
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For as long as people have been writing, they have been writing about nature. But nature—as we know it—is changing. Economic migration, overpopulation, and climate change are transforming the natural world into something unfamiliar. As our conception and experience of nature changes, so too does the way we write about it. In this special issue Jonathan Raban goes on the road in the American West; Kathleen Jamie dissects a human colon; Matthew Power squats in the Bronx; Paul Farley and Niall Griffiths write about escaping the inner city; Edward Platt goes inside Israel’s “bird plague zones”; Robert Macfarlane and Justin Partyka ghosthunt in the fens; Richard Mabey searches for the Fortingall Yew; Benjamin Kunkel drops out in Colorado; Philip Marsden ponders the mystery of Cornwall’s ancient stones; and Donovan Wylie photographs the demolition of the Maze prison. Also Seamus Heaney, Mark Cocker, Anthony Doerr, Jim Holt, David Heatley, Roger Deakin’s notebooks, poetry by Sean O’Brien, and a new short story by Lydia Peelle.

The Granta Book of Reportage

Author: Ian Jack
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781862071933
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This collection of journalism includes: John le Carre with the spy of the century in Switzerland; Ian Jack investigating the deaths on the Rock; John Simpson saving a soldier's life in Tiananmen Square; Martha Gellhorn in Panama City after the US invasion; Richard Rayner with the looters in Hollywood; and James Fenton hitching a ride on a tank in Saigon.

Granta 124

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: Granta
ISBN: 1905881703
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Hari Kunzru travels to Chernobyl, Detroit and Japan to investigate the phenomenon of disaster tourism. Policeman-turned-detective-turned-writer A Yi describes life as a provincial gumshoe in China. Physician Siddhartha Mukherjee visits a government hospital in New Delhi, where he meets Madha Sengupta, at the end of his life and on the frontiers of medicine. Robert Macfarlane explores the limestone underworld beneath the Peak District. And Haruki Murakami revisits his walk to Kobe in the aftermath of the 1995 earthquake. In this issue - which includes poems by Charles Simic and Ellen Bryant Voigt, a story by Miroslav Penkov and non-fiction by David Searcy, Teju Cole and Hector Abad - Granta presents a panoramic view of our shared landscape and investigates our motivations for exploring it. '

Granta 113

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 1905881428
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From Borges to García Márquez, Vargas Llosa, Marías or Bolaño , the Spanish language has given us some of the 20th century’s most beloved writers. But as the reach of Spanish culture extends far beyond Spain and Latin America, and the US tilts towards a majority Hispanic population, the time is right to ask who and what is next in Spanish-language fiction? In this, the first translated issue of Granta’s Best of Young Novelists, a distinguished panel of six judges – Edgardo Cozarinsky, Isabel Hilton, Francisco Goldman, Mercedes Monmany, and Granta en Español's publishers, Valerie Miles and Aurelio Major – looks to new writing across the Spanish-speaking world and asks, ‘Who are the most promising novelists telling the stories from the old and new worlds today?’ Granta 113, published simultaneously in Spain as Los mejores narradores jovenes en español, will showcase the work of 22 promising new writers. Granta’s previous 'Best of Young Novelists' issues have been startlingly accurate crystal balls – first calling attention to the work of writers from Salman Rushdie to Jonathan Franzen to Zadie Smith. Here, for the first time in translation, we will again attempt to predict the stars of the future.

How to Read a Novelist

Author: John Freeman
Publisher: FSG Originals
ISBN: 0374710570
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The novel is alive and well, thank you very much For the last fifteen years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than two hundred newspapers worldwide, the onetime president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta, he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed scores of writers. In How to Read a Novelist, which pulls together his very best profiles (many of them new or completely rewritten for this volume) of the very best novelists of our time, he shares with us what he's learned. From such international stars as Doris Lessing, Haruki Murakami, Salman Rushdie, and Mo Yan, to established American lions such as Don DeLillo, Norman Mailer, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Philip Roth, John Updike, and David Foster Wallace, to the new guard of Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, and more, Freeman has talked to everyone. What emerges is an instructive and illuminating, definitive yet still idiosyncratic guide to a diverse and lively literary culture: a vision of the novel as a varied yet vital contemporary form, a portrait of the novelist as a unique and profound figure in our fragmenting global culture, and a book that will be essential reading for every aspiring writer and engaged reader—a perfect companion (or gift!) for anyone who's ever curled up with a novel and wanted to know a bit more about the person who made it possible.