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Granta 124: Travel: Travel

Hari Kunzru travels to Chernobyl, Detroit, and Japan to investigate the phenomenon of "disaster tourism." Dinaw Mengustu gets at the heart of a resort town in western Africa. Pola Oloixarac resurrects the Viennese royals as they move their capital to Brazil. Nicole Krauss recounts finding her footing in Berlin. Former policeman-turned-detective-turned writer, A Yi, describes life as a provincial gumshoe in China. And acclaimed short story writer Beatriz Bracher tells the tale of an anthropologist's daughter trying to piece together her mother's fatal trip into the Amazon.
In this diverse collection of fiction, reportage, memoir, photography, and poetry - including new work by Charles Simic - Granta presents a panoramic view of our shared landscape and investigates our motivations to explore it. "One's destination is never a place," Henry Miller wrote, "but a new way of seeing things."
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'Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life.' - Jack Kerouac

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John Freeman has been the editor of Granta since 2009. He is the author of The Tyranny of E-Mail and How to Read a Novelist, and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. His criticism has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent and the Times and the Wall Street Journal. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker and Zyzzyva and is forthcoming in the Paris Review.

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