248 pages, 8.27 × 5.75 × 0.67 in
July 12, 2010
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1905881193
ISBN - 13: 9781905881192
About the Book
We're all seduced by the idea of going back. But can we ever trust our memories? We return (or attempt to return) to places, friends, lovers, missed opportunities, and versions of ourselves that no longer exist. Or we're haunted and shaped by the fact that returning--going back--isn't an option. Can we ever trust our memories? In this latest issue of "Granta," writers meditate on these essential questions from an exciting array of vantage points. Wendell Steavenson revisits Iraq, where she follows up with the former prisoner of war she interviewed after Saddam's fall. Owen Sheers returns to Zimbabwe and the memories of family who lived there, witnessing how the country has changed in the past decade. The issue will feature new fiction by up-and-coming writer Claire Watkins, a profound essay on Detroit by the poet Lawrence Joseph, a photo essay on Shanghai, and startling memoirs and stories by the best writers from around the world.
From the Publisher
We all go back: to the house or town where we were raised, to an old friend or lover, to an idea or belief we abandoned long ago. But can we ever trust our memories? And what if it still proves impossible to return?
In this latest issue of Granta, writers meditate on these essential questions from an exciting array of vantage points. Richard Russo returns home to Gloversville, NY, the dying upstate town which once made one out of every three pairs of gloves in the world - and is now on the verge of extinction. Janine di Giovanni revisits Bosnia and the children she met there during the conflict of the early nineties.
The issue will feature new fiction by up-and-coming writer Claire Vaye Watkins, a blistering critique, by American essayist Hal Crowther, of the internet's erosion of solitude, and a new story set in contemporary Lagos by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
About the Author
John Freeman was the editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-Mail and How to Read a Novelist, and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent and the Times and the Wall Street Journal. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker and Zyzzyva and the Paris Review.