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Granta 8: Dirty Realism

Dirty realism is the fiction of a new generation of American authors. They write about the belly-side of contemporary life – a deserted husband, an unwed mother, a car thief, a pickpocket, a drug addict – but they write about it with a disturbing detachment, at times verging on comedy. Understated, ironic, sometimes savage, but insistently compassionate, these stories constitute a new voice in fiction. In this special feature, Granta presents a group of younger authors – many published in Britain for the first time – who, writing in a strange, exaggerated style, have single-handedly revitalized the short story. ‘These writers,’ Tobias Wolff has observed, ‘while not necessarily a school, nevertheless form a new voice. They are able to speak to us about the things that matter.’

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In this issue

Duncan Bush: Claudia Cardinale is a Mexican Revolutionary
Michael Herr: The State of the State of Things
Russell Hoban: Fragments of a Lament for Thelonious Monk
Marek Nowakowski: War Reports from Poland
Jayne Anne Phillips: Rayme - A Memoir of the Seventies
Richard Ford: Rock Springs
Raymond Carver: The Compartment
Elizabeth Tallent: Why I Love Country Music
Frederick Barthelme: Monster Deal
Bobbie Ann Mason: Still Life with Watermelon
Tobias Wolff: The Barracks Thief
Angela Carter: Sugar Daddy
Karin Liden: Moscow Women (Interviews)
Jean Mohr: Russian Women (Photographs)
Carolyn Forche: El Salvador: An Aide-Memoire
Todd McEwen: Evensong