Whose Story Is This Story ? - Granta Magazine

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Whose Story Is This Story ?

Rebecca Solnit, Robert Becker & Tomoka Shibasaki

Translated by Kathy Graves, Megan McDowell & Daniel Hahn

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Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle over that foundational power. Women, people of colour and non-straight people are telling other versions, and white men in particular are fighting to preserve their own centrality. In this outstanding collection of essays by one of the most prescient and insightful commentators today, Solnit appraises the voices that are emerging, why they matter and the obstacles they face in making themselves heard.

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is author of, among other books, Call Them By Their True Names, The Mother of All Questions, Men Explain Things to Me, Wanderlust, A Field Guide to Getting Lost, the NBCC award-winning River of Shadows and A Paradise Built in Hell. A contributing editor to Harper's, she writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in San Francisco.

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Tomoka Shibasaki

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Translated by Kathy Graves

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Translated by Megan McDowell

MEGAN MCDOWELL is a Spanish language translator whose work has been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. She has translated books by Alejandro Zambra, Samanta Schweblin, Gonzalo Torné, Lina Meruane, Carlos Busqued, and Mariana Enriquez. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, the ParisReview, Harper's, TinHouse, and McSweeney's. She lives in Chile.

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Translated by Daniel Hahn

Daniel Hahn is a writer, editor and translator with some forty books to his name. His translations from Spanish, Portuguese and French include fiction from Europe, Africa and the Americas, and non-fiction by writers ranging from Portuguese Nobel laureate José Saramago to Brazilian footballer Pelé. His translation of José Eduardo Agualusa’s O Vendedor de Passados (The Book of Chameleons) won the 2007 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. A former chair of the Translators Association and national programme director of the British Centre for Literary Translation, he is currently chair of the Society of Authors and on the board of trustees of a number of organisations working with literature, literacy and free expression, including the English PEN, Pop Up and Modern Poetry in Translation.

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In these times of political turbulence and an increasingly rabid and scrofulous commentariat, the sanity, wisdom and clarity of Rebecca Solnit's writing is a forceful corrective...a scorchingly intelligent collection about the struggle to control narratives in the internet age

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