Book review: Granta 124: Travel, Edited by John Freeman
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize, 2014.
Friday 26 July 2013
This collection proves the desire to travel is not only a need to be taken outside of one's world but to be returned in some way.
Siddhartha Mukherjee describes the most profound journey - the "process" of dying - in "The Perfect Last Day of Mr Sengupta", while Robert Macfarlane's trip with cavers in "Underland" shows the joy of a return to a "world of colour".
Haruki Murakami's long trip, inward and out, is back to his teenage home in a walk to Kobe, to see "how much of a shadow... of myself I would discover there".
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