The Muse in the Cellar | James Lasdun | Granta Magazine

The Muse in the Cellar

James Lasdun

‘It seems to me that at the age of thirteen, I had already developed the cynicism of a seventy-year-old dictator.’

The chain of events began in 1974. My father, a lawyer by training, had been quietly consolidating a career in the diplomatic service of the German Democratic Republic, where his speciality was negotiating fine-print details in the Friendship Treaties springing up between the GDR and other countries…


James Lasdun

James Lasdun is the author of several books of poetry and fiction, the most recent being It’s Beginning to Hurt, a story collection. His last poetry collection, Landscape with Chainsaw, was a finalist for the Forward, T.S. Eliot, and LA Times Book Prizes.

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