Granta 136: Legacies of Love

by Sigrid Rausing (Editor)

Paperback, 2016





Granta Books (2016), 256 pages


What happens after you fall in love? The essays and fiction in this issue of Granta look at the risk and reward of loving someone.'Whatever Happened to Interracial Love' by the late African-American filmmaker Kathleen Collins, captures the atmosphere of the Civil Rights movement in New York and the dangerous risks taken by its activists. In an iconic essay 'Africa's Future Has No Place for Stupid Black Men' young Nigerian writer Pwaangulongii Daoud delivers a passionate elegy for his friend C-Boy, a gay activist in homophobic Nigeria. And Claire Hajaj describes a perilous journey from Raqqa to Allepo to Beirut, for a refugee from Islamic State.Suzanne Brøgger describes the pain of being stalked; Emma Cline depicts a taut sibling relationship; Steven Dunn on a violent childhood; and Gwendoline Riley on first love.Also in this issue:FICTION Patrick Flanery, Victor Lodato; POETRY Vahni Capildeo, Melissa Lee-Houghton, Sylvia Legris and Hoa Nguyen; PHOTOGRAPHY Jacob Aue Sobol with an introduction by Joanna Kavenna… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member kcshankd
Stories that stick out:
Potted Meat - down and out in WV
Interior Monkeyboy - adapting to adoption
The Tenant - itinerant woman settles down, slightly knocks the future off kilter with kindness to landlord's son
A Syrian escape - just what it says
LibraryThing member Opinionated
It looks an unpromising set of contributions but actually this edition hangs together very well. The theme, obviously, is love and the highlights are The Tenant by Victor Lodato and Arcadia by Emma Kline. The Tenant is a short story that looks at the long term impact a wealthy renter has on the life of the teenage son of the hard scrabble landlord family which is very engaging but might have been better without the rather forced conclusion. In Arcadia, Emma Kline has an interesting work in progress about rural kids and itinerant workers somewhere on the US West Coast. Oh and Claire Hajaj's piece "A Syrian Escape" is heartbreaking… (more)


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