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Granta 111: Going Back

We all go back: to the house or town where we were raised, to an old friend or lover, to an idea or belief we abandoned long ago. But can we ever trust our memories? And what if it still proves impossible to return? Buy ‘Going Back’ now

In the Issue

Leila Aboulela Missing Out
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Ceiling
Nicholas Christopher On Jupiter Place
Hal Crowther One Hundred Fears of Solitude
Janine di Giovanni The Book of the Dead
Colin Grant Lino
Seamus Heaney The Door Was Open and the House Was Dark
Elizabeth McCracken Property
Iris Murdoch Letters to Raymond Queneau
Joseph O’Neill Losed
Peter Orner Dyke Bridge
Adrienne Rich Don’t Flinch
Richard Russo High and Dry
Mark Twain The Farm
Claire Vaye Watkins The Last Thing We Need

Photography

Ian Teh Traces

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WEB EXCLUSIVES

ON MARK TWAIN
‘A Voice from the Vault’ (on editing the autobiography); and ‘Where do we put Mark Twain?’ – Malcolm Jones tries to place a literary great.

ON IRIS MURDOCH
Three letters from Iris Murdoch not in the print edition, and the director of the Centre for Iris Murdoch studies on what the letters tell us

EXCLUSIVE FICTION
An extract from ‘The Report’, Jessica Francis Kane’s new novel about the Bethnal Green tube disaster

ON MUSIC AND MEMORY
‘Mum and Fritz’: Tiffany Murray on strawberry wine and vinyl. In
‘Utterly Dylan’, Patrick Ryan remembers a teenage obsession; and playlists from Granta authors

‘HOMECOMING’ (a series)
1. ‘Fork in the Road’ by Leila Aboulela
2. ‘Semiprecious’ by Henrietta Rose-Innes

POETRY
‘Remembered Summer’: new poetry by Troy Jollimore

DISPATCH
‘Finding Nusrat’: the end of the Sarajevo story (see ‘The Book of the Dead’ below)

GOING BACK TO GRANTA...
A slideshow of pre-1979 cover art, plus Ted Hodgkinson on the pleasures of digitization; also artistic director Michael Salu writes about the genesis of this issue’s cover. Includes a slideshow of images.

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