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Granta 108
     

Granta 108

by John Freeman (Editor)
 

Saul Bellow and Ernest Hemingway grew up there. The eight-hour work day, the Ponzi scheme and the rhythm and blues have risen from its streets. But Chicago is not just a city of the past.

In this issue, Aleksandar Hemon plays football with Italians and Tibetans along Lake Shore Drive. Chicago born MacArthur ‘genius’ grant-winning photographer Camilo

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Saul Bellow and Ernest Hemingway grew up there. The eight-hour work day, the Ponzi scheme and the rhythm and blues have risen from its streets. But Chicago is not just a city of the past.

In this issue, Aleksandar Hemon plays football with Italians and Tibetans along Lake Shore Drive. Chicago born MacArthur ‘genius’ grant-winning photographer Camilo José Vegara captures the demolition of the city’s massive public housing estates. Richard Powers recollects the flood of 1992. Don DeLillo remembers Nelson Algren. Alex Kotlowitz explores the cost of urban violence and Dinaw Mengestu describes moving back home to run his dying father’s messenger business. Plus a sneak preview of Peter Carey’s new novel.

Finally, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka meditates on the meaning of the city’s most visible son, Barack Obama. Out of these stories – which will be wrapped in a beautiful cover by Chris Ware – will arise a vivid portrait of a city remaking itself: a city shredded by violence but poised for a new future; a city that once again has a legitimate claim to being the home of the world’s best writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781929001385
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Freeman has been 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 the New York Times, the Guardian and the Independent.

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