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Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World

The USA is the world’s newest, greatest and only empire. And, some would say, the world’s most insular state as well as the most powerful, never troubling to correct its ignorance of the people and places beyond its borders.

Is it a slander? In this issue of Granta, American writers describe their encounters abroad and how they were affected by them, while, in reportage and fiction, outsiders to America come upon the strangeness of the place itself.

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In this issue

James Buchan: This is Centerville
Martin Rowson: Mapping America
James Kelman: Man Walks into a Bar
Anthony Suau: The Home Front
Judith Hermann: Nothing But Ghosts
Rattawut Lapcharoensap: Farangs
Luc Sante: God’s Country
Edmund White: My First European
Julian Barnes: Knowing French

Plus: Recollections and Forecasts From Twenty Writers
Tom Bissell, Gardner Botsford, Paula Fox, Nell Freudenberger, Paul Fussell, Charles Glass, Chris Hedges, Adam Hochschild, A. M. Homes, Chalmers Jonhson, Murad Kalam, J. Robert Lennon, Jacki Lyden, Todd McEwan, Darryl Pinckney, Eric Schlosser, Gary Shteyngart, Studs Terkel, Paul Theroux and Joel Turnipseed.