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The first volume in a series of biannual literary anthologies from renowned literary critic and former Granta editor John Freeman, Freeman’s: Arrival features never-before-published stories by Haruki Marukami, Louise Erdrich, Dave Eggers, Etgar Keret, Lydia Davis, David Mitchell and others.
Freeman’s—part literary journal, part anthology—will occupy a unique space in the literary landscape. In this inaugural edition of Freeman’s, John Freeman brings together the best new fiction, non-fiction and poetry about that electrifying moment when we arrive. Strange encounters abound: David Mitchell meets a ghost in Nagasaki; 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.
Also featuring startling new fiction by Laura van den Berg, Helen Simpson and Tahmima Anam, as well as stirring essays by Aleksandr Hemon, Barry Lopez and Garnette Cadogan, Freeman’s is 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
Drive My Car, Haruki Murakami
In Search of Space Lost, Aleksandar Hemon
When This Happens, Ghassan Zaqtan
Mellow, Etgar Keret
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
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
The Last Road North, Barry Lopez & Ben Huff
‘Anatomy of a Discovery: How a Literary Magazine Editor Finds New Writers’, John Freeman at Electric Literature.
A feature on critic and editor John Freeman in Vogue.
An excerpt from David Mitchell’s, ‘A Possibly True Ghost Story’, at Literary Hub.
A review in the Saturday Paper.
‘John Freeman on Transitioning from Critic to Literary Journal Entrepreneur’, at Publishing Perspectives.
‘Freeman’s interviews transcend the mechanics of the encounters and, beyond smart and knowledgeable, he’s the kind of interlocutor who asks a sideways question, then pays attention to the space and circumstance of the answer as much as to its words.’
‘John Freeman’s collection of interviews spans 56 giants of the literary world, nine years and an accumulated IQ reaching into the stratosphere.’
‘This book is billed as “the ultimate booklover’s book” and it’s true. This booklover was in a state approaching ecstasy reading about John Freeman’s conversations and intimacies (and occasional gaffes) with all the writers I have loved and wondered about.’
‘A sturdy journal with a throwback vibe…Fond, familiar and warm.’
‘Arrival is not a gimmick; it’s a heartbeat. Listening for its pulse from one page to the next encourages dual enjoyment, first with each individual piece, and then the pieces in conversation.’
‘[Freeman’s] gives book-whores like me the warm and fuzzies.’
‘Perfect reading for our ever-accelerating times.’
‘Every piece in this collection has the potential to make jaded readers happy…You need very little time to read each piece but they linger exactly as Freeman intended they should.’