Granta 111 by John Freeman
Going Back (Granta: The Magazine of New Writing)

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Richard Russo returns home to a hometown on the verge of extinction. Up-and-coming fiction writer Claire Vaye Watkins explores a damaged car on an abandoned road and a Ziploc bag of pristine letters. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shows what happens when a married man’s old flame threatens to return to Lagos. A young Iris Murdoch writes devotional letters to the older French Surrealist and Oulipo co-founder Raymond Queneau. Hal Crowther delivers a blistering critique of the Internet’s erosion of solitude.

With extracts from Mark Twain’s never-before published memoir on childhood and Colin Grant’s highly anticipated memoir Bageye at the Wheel; new poetry from Seamus Heaney, Adrienne Rich, and Nicholas Christopher; and a photographic essay by Ian Teh.

Further works include Elizabeth McCracken's stirring tale of a young widower and the traces we leave behind; Leila Aboulela’s story of an aspiring Sudanese academic’s return to London with his young Muslim wife; foreign correspondent Janine Di Giovanni’s return to Sarajevo to search for a boy she knew fifteen years ago; Peter Orner’s examination of the question ‘When does a place become something else?’ in Chappaquiddick; and Joseph O’Neill on the breaking of America.
 

About John Freeman

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John Freeman's criticism has appeared in more than 200 newspapers around the world, including the Guardian, the Independent, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, THE TYRANNY OF EMAIL, was published in October by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.
 
Published July 26, 2010 by Grove Press, Granta. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The schoolboy memories that inspired Mark Twain's much-loved children's characters Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are revealed for the first time today, 100 years after the author's death, in an extract from his forthcoming autobiography.

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