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Granta: The Magazine of New Writing #115: Granta: The F Wordby John Freeman
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Women in the twenty-first century still live in a world in which the balance of power remains tipped towards men.
This bold, political issue of Granta will explore this dynamic from a wide variety of literary genres and perspectives. Rachel Cusk provides a startlingly honest account of a marriage, its breakdown, and the aftermath; Caroline Moorehead gives voice to women who took part in the French Resistance--and were sent to Nazi death camps for their involvement. Urvashi Butalia writes of a male-to-female transsexual in India, who discovers all the obstacles of her adopted sex. A.S. Byatt lays bare the sexism of 1960s academia. And Francine Prose recalls her own personal journey toward feminism.
The issue features new fiction from Edwidge Danticat, Julie Otsuka, Louise Erdrich and Jeanette Winterson. In 'Night Thoughts', Helen Simpson hilariously sends up all the sacred pieties of the male provider. The Sex Lives of African Girls, introduces an astonishing new voice, Taiye Selasi, who spins a haunting story about the way adult sexuality can be imposed upon the young.
With award-winning reportage, memoir and fiction, over the years Granta has illuminated the most complex issues of modern life through the refractory light of literature. The F Word will continue this tradition by addressing a theme many readers know has never lost its urgency.
This bold, political issue of Granta explores the dynamic between women and men from a wide variety of literary genres and perspectives.
A. L. Kennedy investigates the surprising ways in which the human voice can be trapped and unlocked. Sara Wheeler retraces the American travels of Fanny Trollope, who relocates to Ohio from England at the age of forty-eight and begins an improbable second life. Julie Otsuka contributes a powerful piece of fiction about mailorder brides from Japan arriving in the United States. And with The Sex Lives of African Girls,” the issue will introduce an astonishing new voice, Taiye Selasi, who spins a haunting story about the way adult sexuality can be imposed upon the young.
With award-winning reportage, memoir, and fiction, Granta has illuminated the most complex issues of modern life through the refractory light of literature. The F Word will continue this tradition by addressing a theme many readers know has never lost its urgency.
About the Author
John Freemans 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 October by Scribner in the US and Text in Australia.
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