John Freeman (ed.): Granta 117

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March 2012, no. 339

John Freeman (ed.): Granta 117

Reviewed by
March 2012, no. 339

Mieke Chew

 

Granta 117: Horror
edited by John Freeman
Granta, $27.99 pb, 256 pp, 9781905881369

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, ‘Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.’ The 117th issue of Granta is not short of imagination. Contributions range from a posthumously published zombie tale by Roberto Bolaño, to translated reportage on Peru by Santiago Roncagliolo, to new fiction by Stephen King. In Don DeLillo’s ‘The Starveling’, an elderly cinephile wanders the streets of Manhattan looking for a purpose. His life, which revolves around movie screenings, is a disturbing portrait of idleness. Even the most disconcerting circumstances fail to shake him from his malaise.

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