Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists

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John Freeman
Granta Books, 2010 - Fiction - 324 pages
21 Reviews
Saul Bellow and Ernest Hemingway grew up there. The eight-hour work day, the Ponzi scheme and the rhythm and blues have risen from its streets. But Chicago is not just a city of the past. In this issue, Aleksandar Hemon plays football with Italians and Tibetans along Lake Shore Drive. Chicago born MacArthur 'genius' grant-winning photographer Camilo José Vegara captures the demolition of the city's massive public housing estates. Richard Powers recollects the flood of 1992. Don DeLillo remembers Nelson Algren. Alex Kotlowitz explores the cost of urban violence and Dinaw Mengestu describes moving back home to run his dying father's messenger business. Plus a sneak preview of Peter Carey's new novel. Finally, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka meditates on the meaning of the city's most visible son, Barack Obama. Out of these stories - which will be wrapped in a beautiful cover by Chris Ware - will arise a vivid portrait of a city remaking itself - a city shredded by violence but poised for a new future.

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Review: Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists (Granta #113)

User Review  - Tracy Woodley - Goodreads

Wasn't impressed by this selection of stories...particularly the weak pieces from the Argentinians (who dominated the issue). Read full review

Review: Granta 113: The Best of Young Spanish Language Novelists (Granta en español #11)

User Review  - Lozzle_pops - Goodreads

A really good mix of styles and stories, but only a couple have really stuck in my mind since I finished it. Read full review

About the author (2010)

\John Freeman’s criticism has appeared in more than 200 newspapers around the world, including the Guardian, the Independent, The Times and the Wall Street Journal. Between 2006 and 2008, he served as president of the National Book Critics Circle. His first book, The Tyranny of E-Mail, was published in 2009 by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.

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