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ARRIVAL

We live today in constant motion, traveling distances rapidly, small ones daily, arriving in new states. In this inaugural edition of Freeman’s, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive.

Strange encounters abound. David Mitchell meets a ghost in Hiroshima Prefecture; Lydia Davis recounts her travels in the exotic territory of the Norwegian language; and in a Dave Eggers story, an elderly gentleman cannot remember why he brought a fork to a wedding.

End points often turn out to be new beginnings. Louise Erdrich visits a Native American cemetery that celebrates the next journey, and in a Haruki Murakami story, an aging actor arrives back in his true self after performing a role, discovering he has changed, becoming a new person.

Featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson, and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandar Hemon, Barry Lopez, and Garnette Cadogan, who relearned how to walk while being black upon arriving in New York City, Freeman’s announces the arrival of an essential map to the best new writing in the world.

Introduction

John Freeman

 

Six Shorts

Louise Erdrich

Kamila Shamsie

Sjón 

Colum McCann

David Mitchell

Daniel Galera (translated from the Portuguese by Rahul Bery)

 

Drive My Car

Haruki Murakami (translated from the Japanese by Ted Goossen)

 

In Search of Space Lost

Aleksandar Hemon

 

When This Happens

Ghassan Zaqtan (translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah)

 

Mellow

Etgar Keret (translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverstone)

 

Sappho Drives Upstate (Fr. 2)

Anne Carson

 

Garments

Tahmima Anam

 

Arizona

Helen Simpson

 

Windfall

Ishion Hutchinson

 

Black and Blue

Garnette Cadogan

 

The Dog

Laura van den Berg

 

The Last Road North (photo essay)

Barry Lopez & Ben Huff

 

On a Morning

Fatin Abbas

 

The Nod

Michael Salu

 

The Mogul Gardens Near Mah, 1962

Honor Moore

 

The Fork

Dave Eggers

 

On Learning Norwegian

Lydia Davis

 

Contributor Notes

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