Granta 78: Bad Company - VARIOUSGranta, 2002, Paperback ..
Condition: Near Fine.
Much of Granta's success as the Anglo-American fiction and journalism magazine of choice rests upon its Best of Young British Novelists issues, which appear every 10 years and feature an editorial board's selection of 20 British fiction writers under the age of 40. The first two issues, published in 1983 and 1993, included the likes of Julian Barnes, Salman Rushdie, Pat Barker, Martin Amis, Jeanette Winterson, Will Self and Ian McEwan. These anthologies have become a passport to success for young British authors. Whether the 2003 issue will prove as prophetic as its predecessors remains to be seen. It includes some wonderful writing--Ben Rice's story of marital crises among Koi fanciers, Look at Me, I'm Beautiful! is particularly memorable--and some uneven ventures, such as AL Kennedy's Room 506 a novel excerpt narrated by a chronic amnesiac, and Hari Kunzru's Lila.exe an account of the development of a Bollywood-inspired computer virus. Regular Granta readers will recognise a number of the featured writers, including contributing editor Andrew O'Hagan. Most of these authors have yet to attain worldwide fame, although the ubiquitous Zadie Smith is represented with an excellent short story. The scope of the issue generally lies within Granta's house style--well-written, somewhat conservative realist fiction--although there are a few excursions into weirder territory, such as Toby Litt's baroque essay-story, The Hare and Robert McLiam Wilson's magic realist The Dreamed in which war dead are rematerialised and resurrected in the bed of an aging English man. 256pp.
Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼")
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