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By John Freeman
Recently, Granta has explored Chicago, Pakistan and the area of Spanish-language letters. during this daring, eclectic factor, the journal turns again to target Britain.
In 2012, Britain is a country in flux, handling tough socioeconomic realities, contending with new political alliances and negotiating transferring demographics. but, it's a state that continues to be perceived as being certain by means of culture and sophistication structures.
Is Britain nonetheless nice? the place does it stand within the New Europe? what is going to it turn into within the twenty first century? the difficulty contains fresh novel excerpts through Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, Jim Crace, and Rachel Seiffert; essays via Robert MacFarlane, Gary Younge, and Andrew Stuart; new brief tales by way of Mark Haddon, Adam Foulds, Tania James, Jon McGregor and Ross Raisin; and poems via Simon Armitage, Jamie McKenrick, Don Patterson, and Robin Robertson. Introducing Sam Byers.
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