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Granta 111: Going Back (Granta #111)

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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 medita ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published July 26th 2010 by Grove Press, Granta (first published 2010)
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I guess I'm sort of unenthusiastic about this issue of Granta. It's okay, but not great. I found the Di Giovanni article on her travels back to Bosnia heartbreaking, even with the update on the Web site. Russo's remarks on his home town, its single industry factory history,and the long term effects on the community of that dependence were interesting, but not especially surprising, for an individual, like me, who left my home town (albeit in a different state) for similar reasons. Elizabeth McCr ...more
Favorites from this issue of Granta included:

The Book of the Dead by Janine di Giovanni - Moving memoir about war correspondent di Giovanni's return to Bosnia to search for an orphan, Nusrat, that she had met while she was reporting on the crisis there in the early 1990s. There is an additional update to the printed piece on the Granta website.

One Hundred Fears of Solitude by Hal Crowther - Essay in which the author argues that increasing use of electronic technologies will rob future generatio
Susan Emmet
Decided to go back to last summer's Granta which I hadn't fully read. Again, there's work from all over the world. Loved Richard Russo's remembering of life and death in Gloversville, NY and his musings on life and change and the price so many workers paid to keep their families under a roof and in food. Amazed by Hal Crowther's scathing indictment of young people's penchant for instant hook-up and the divide between generations and loss of privacy and solitude. Touched by Iris Murdoch's letters ...more
Some Grantas are better than others - this one is a cracker!
Make note: Mark Twain requested that his autobiography should not be published until 100 years after his death and that is this year, 2010. The last piece in this Granta is an excerpt from that autobiography that was poignant and wise and hilariously funny - I have put in my pre-order for Part One of the autobiography straight away!!! (Due for November I think).
And then Letters from Iris Murdoch, laying out her heart to Raymond Queneau,
Liked 'The Last Thing We Need', a series of letters written to a Duane Moser, at an address found in some abandoned debris by the road. Liked 'Property', about a rental. Distressed by 'The Book of the Dead', snippets from the civilian experience of the war in Sarajevo. None of the others really stuck.
Some great short stories in this collection. I'm new to Granta but this is my favourite one so far.
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Granta magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, student badinage and student literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it had a long and distinguished history, publishing the early work of many writers who later became well known, including A. A. Milne, Michael Frayn, ...more
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