Book review: Granta 125: After the War, Edited by John Freeman

 

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

This collection does not deal with fresh scars but the unfading memories that, decades later, are still seared into a landscape, and a soul.

The best writing approaches the subject matter in surprising ways: Hari Kunzru on a visit to Chernobyl and the sinister lure of disaster tourism in "Stalkers"; Aminatta Forna's discomfort on a family visit to Tehran in 1978 as a teenager and Paul Auster talking to himself – "you" – as a young Jew in postwar New Jersey: "To be accepted by most and yet eyed with suspicion by others."

Comments