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Granta 125: After the War [Kindle Edition]

John Freeman
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It is not just nations that are made and destroyed by war - families are scattered, boundaries of loyalty redrawn. The autumn issue of Granta explores the aftermath of conflict. Patrick French writes of a great uncle whose death in the Second World War transformed the family line. A powerful new story by Thomas McGuane tells of fraternal rivalry and the truth of a mother's past. A new essay by Aleksandar Hemon recounts a friend's separation from his father during the Balkan Wars. From the familial to the global, here is what happens when the weapons are set down, brought to life in fiction, poetry, reportage and memoir.

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'The new issue contains excellent work themed around post-conflict fallout. Patrick French is terrifically indignant about growing up in an army family in thrall to remembrance culture. Overall, it's stirring stuff.' --Evening Standard

Superb --Sunday Herald

'Literary journals are like a box of chocolates: you never quite know what you're going to get, although in certain cases - notably that of Granta - you can be sure of uniform excellence and rare, unexpected delights. The journalism in this issue is superb. The Rainy Season by Lindsey Hilsum is a powerful and affecting account of her return to Rwanda. Justin Jin's Zone Of Absolute Discomfort is stark, beautiful and grotesque all at once' --New Zealand Herald

'After the War is one of the strongest editions in the magazine's long, illustrious history' --Tribune

About the Author

John Freeman has been 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 is forthcoming in the Paris Review.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6024 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Magazine (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D59ALP2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zone of Absolute Discomfort 4 Nov. 2013
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Lindsey Hilsum opens this issue of Granta with an account of where, if you like, Rwanda stands now in terms of a new Government, an apparent cessation of hostilities between the Hutu and the Tutsi `tribes', although the distinction between them can hardly be described as tribal as they share 99.97 per cent of DNA. Such scientific facts, however, do not alter feelings, emotions and the shared trauma of the events of April 1994. The abiding horror of the effects of rape is responsible for much of the misery that remains to mark lives and remind people of the extreme contingency of events, like an amnesiac supersystem imposed from above. There is a system of spying, fostered by the Government, which seems to believe that by banning the expression of certain words, they can ensure peace between the factions. Such a belief can only drive the truth underground, however, like Orwell's 1984 in which "Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them."

Thomas MGuane's story Crow Fair is a tale of two brothers who put their mother into a Care institution and explains much of the frustration of the narrator as his Dentist brother insists on pretending to be a lover from the past, who, himself ultimately turns up in person to bestow some sanity to the situation. Odd, delinquent and bleakly funny.

Zone of Absolute Discomfort is a portrait of the lives of men, watching horror movies and making blinis as they wait out another day of Arctic storm in wretched conditions "...but just hospitable enough to allow for the extraction of billions of tons of resources trapped beneath the ground.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Granta publication of varying quality 11 Dec. 2013
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Some of the items are too "way out" for a mature reader! I would not wish to recommend it to any one who has not experienced previous Granta output.
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5.0 out of 5 stars After the war 17 Nov. 2013
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Granta seems to be changing editors on a yearly basis. In this issue, publisher Sigrid Rausing herself does the duties. And a great job she does on a theme ripe for the picking for reportage and short stories. In fact, with rather too many "Best of Icelandic novelists" themes over the past few years, this is the strongest issue for some time.

Highlights for me include Aminatta Forna's memoir on being a diplomat's daughter during the Iranian revolution; Thomas McGuane's black but very funny story of a mother's infedelity with a Native American and Lindsay Hilsum's return journey to Rawanda. The photo journalism of Justin Jin was equally powerful. The photos in Hari Kunzru's reportage of Chernobyl's bleak tourism park was great too.

I only skipped one of the stories in a very strong collection. I like a Granta mix equally reportage and fiction, which what Granta does well with this issue.
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