The Dreamed | Robert McLiam Wilson | Granta Magazine

The Dreamed

Robert McLiam Wilson

‘The organization disguised a truth that he found troubling. It was the mere exemplification of the togetherness of the departed, of their unusual brotherhood. One of the strangest things about those who had left was how easily they found each other.’

The old man woke abruptly, like a man surprised, like a man chased or cheated out of sleep. He breathed rapidly and stared unhappily at the slits of cold sunshine that sliced his bedroom walls. He lay still on his left side for some moments, peering at the room.


Robert McLiam Wilson

Robert McLiam Wilson was born in 1964. He has written three novels: Ripley Bogle (1989), Manfred's Pain (1992) and Eureka Street (1996). He has also written a non-fiction book about poverty in the UK, The Dispossessed (1992). In 2003 he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. 'The Dreamed', which was published in Granta 81, comes from his forthcoming novel, The Extremists.

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