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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 In this inaugural edition of Freeman’s, a new biannual of unpublished writing, former Granta editor and NBCC president John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, nonfiction, and poetry about that electrifying moment when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.


John Freeman


Six Shorts

Louise Erdrich

Kamila Shamsie


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)



Etgar Keret (translated from the Hebrew by Sondra Silverstone)


Sappho Drives Upstate (Fr. 2)

Anne Carson



Tahmima Anam



Helen Simpson



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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