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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905881657
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905881659
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"These stories and others, stitched together between well-chosen art and a brilliant and heartbreaking photo essay by Darcy Padilla, offer a package that's as aesthetically pleasing as intellectually exciting."-- Daily Beast

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John Freeman has been the editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-Mail and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in over two hundred newspapers, including the Guardian, the Independent, the Times and the Wall Street Journal. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker and Zyzzyva.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2013
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Janine Di Giovanni opens this quarter's edition with an account of her experiences as a journalist in Syria. Over two visits she interviews people who have been tortured by the Syrian regime and some of those who were bombed out of their homes in the city of Homs. The tortures are graphic, violent and almost unbelievably cruel. Her first trip was in 2012, in the heat of summer. She reports the "fevered hedonism of the Thursday-afternoon pool parties at the Dama Rosa Hotel," also occupied by 300 frustrated United Nations soldiers from fifty different countries, there to monitor the situation. But from early June it had become too dangerous to do their job and they had been stood down. The situation in Syria is truly complicated with a large number of ethnicities, all of whom consider themselves basically Syrian. Among the richer communities there is a sense that Syrians cannot commit atrocities against other Syrians, but the truth is that they are closing their eyes to what they cannot bear to see.

I'm ashamed to say that I didn't know the existence of the tiny island of St Helene or the story of what happened to the people when the dye factory on the island exploded and 43 men and a handful of other inhabitants were killed. But the islanders fought back and after much trouble with bureaucracy got some meagre compensation and gave the island over to the production of flowers. Funding the resurrection of a community was left mostly to the islanders, but in the end it was a success. It was a profound relief to read this more positive outcome among stories of betrayal, which deserves its place because of the initial refusal to help the islanders, betrayed by their supine fellow countrymen and women.
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everyone let down, except for the reader 8 Feb. 2013
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A great collection. I loved Mohsin Hamid's Don't Fall in Love, which I suppose is an excerpt from his novel but it fit beautifully here (and love of course being the ultimate betrayal, regardless of how the affair concludes).

The title piece, Seven Days in Syria will stay with me for a very long time. It's compelling in that it is hard to look away from the page, and from the enormous suffering described. I cannot think of what it did to the person who wrote it. Its a sacrifice that Janine di Giovanni makes on the behalf of people far less courageous than her.
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Fabulous new writing 3 May 2013
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Every story a masterpiece. Exquisite writing...! Thoroughly enjoyed this collection. Many stories are excerpts from books but some are new and complete stories. The anthology brings together young British writers - most of them it would seem from the former colonies. Worth every cent.
Great source of new writing 18 Feb. 2013
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Granta is a great showcase for new and established writers to display their work. The themed issues are particularly good
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I wish they would keep publishing but I gather they have left the world of print publishing...
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