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 In this inaugural edition of Freeman’s, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when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.
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
When This Happens
Ghassan Zaqtan (translated from the Arabic by Fady Joudah)
Etgar Keret (translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverstone)
Sappho Drives Upstate (Fr. 2)
Black and Blue
Laura van den Berg
The Last Road North (photo essay)
Barry Lopez & Ben Huff
On a Morning
The Mogul Gardens Near Mah, 1962
On Learning Norwegian