Granta 81: The Best of Young British Novelists 2003 (Signed by Monica Ali, Zadie Smith, and Dan Rhodes)
Ali, Monica; Nicola Barker, Rachel Cusk, Peter Ho Davies, Susan Elderkin, Philip Hensher, A.L. Kennedy, Hari Kunzru, Toby Litt, David Mitchell, Andrew O'Hagan, David Peace, Dan Rhodes, Ben Rice, Rachel Seiffert, Zadie Smith, Adam Thirlwell, Sarah Waters and Robert McLaim Wilson
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First edition (unstated), paperback original, unread in MINT (Very-Fine) condition (no marks/flaws; not ex-lib, not bookclub ed, etc). This copy was signed by three contributors at their respective inclusions, as follows: SIGNED & DATED "18/9/03" by MONICA ALI; SIGNED & DATED "2003" by DAN RHODES, and SIGNED by ZADIE SMITH (all simply signed, not inscribed to anyone). Also included are GLOSSY PHOTOS of the authors at their respective signing events!. Bookseller Inventory # 5028
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Review: 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, and 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 A.L. 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 recognize 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 rematerialized and resurrected in the bed of an aging English man.
The practice of showcasing novelists through a selection of short stories, novel excerpts, and works-in-progress is obviously a compromise, as only those writers who are particularly skilled at short fiction will be seen at their best. Teasers are never as satisfying as completed works, and a few contributors--such as Sarah Waters and Alan Warner--don't come off as well as they might, simply because their excerpts cry out for context. Anyone who is particularly interested in new British fiction would do well to regard this issue as a reading list, not a representative anthology, even though a number of delights are to be found within. --Jack Illingworth, Amazon.ca
Title: Granta 81: The Best of Young British ...
Publisher: NY: Granta Books
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
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Edition: 1st Edition
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