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Granta 118: Exit Strategies

In this issue John Barth contemplates the end of writing fiction. Alice Munro explores the interior world of an elderly woman losing her memory. Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his family’s escape from the Bosnian War, and the love and fate of Mek, their Irish setter. David Long writes about a man haunted by a sexual encounter decades ago. Claire Messud searches for her father's Beirut, long since gone, as he himself lies dying in a hospice in Connecticut.

Illustration for David Long’s ‘Bonfire’ by Owen Freeman.

In the Issue

Daniel Alarcón The Provincials
John Barth The End?
Ann Beattie Anecdotes
Sophie Cabot Black Pay Attention
Paula Bohince At Thirty
Judy Chicurel City Boy
Aleksandar Hemon War Dogs
Ishion Hutchinson Station
David Long Bonfire
Claire Messud The Road to Damascus
Susan Minot Thirty Girls
Alice Munro In Sight of the Lake
Jacob Newberry Summer
Adrienne Rich Endpapers
Anne Tyler The Beginner’s Goodbye


Vanessa Manko The Interrogation
Chinelo Okparanta America


Stacy Kranitz The Island

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From our Archive we bring you vintage pieces by our current contributors, including Daniel Alarcón on book piracy in Peru, fiction from Claire Messud and Aleksandar Hemon and a poem by Adrienne Rich.

Chinelo Okparanta is announced as a New Voice with her story ‘Runs Girl’ and talks to us about appearing in the print issue, with ‘America’.

Two poems: ‘Abingdon Square Park’ and ‘Bird of Fire’ by Rowan Ricardo Phillips.

Letters from Two Exit Strategists: Jacob Newberry and Vanessa Manko.

Short fiction from Exit Strategist: Judy Chicurel.

Two New Poets - Caleb Klaces and Soledad Marambio - are announced and exchange letters about their work.

A story by Krys Lee about a Korean family forced onto the ice: ‘Drifting House’.

Jon McGregor reworks his first published story,‘In Winter the Sky’, which appeared in Granta 78: Bad Company.

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