Tales of two planets : stories of climate change and inequality in a divided world / edited by John Freeman
Book | Penguin Books | 2020
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xxv, 290 pages ; 21 cm
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Published by arrangement with OR Books LLC, New York, 2020.
Contents
N64 35.378, W16 44.691 / Andri Snær Magnason -- Drowning in reverse / Anuradha Roy -- Tracking the rain / Margaret Atwood -- Riachuelo / Mariana Enriquez -- Dusk / Lauren Groff -- From Teotwawki / Lars Skinnebach -- Survival / Sayaka Murata -- The astronomical cost of clean air in Bangkok / Pitchaya Sudbanthad -- A downward slope / Juan Miguel Álvarez -- The floods / Mohammed Hanif -- Born stranger / Burhan Sönmez -- In this phase in the 58th American presidentiad (United States) / Lawrence Joseph -- The storytellers of the Earth / Sulaiman Addonia -- The house of Osiris / Yasmine El Rashidi -- A calypso / Khaled Mattawa -- Cavern / Chinelo Okparanta -- The unfortunate place / Daisy Johnson -- The funniest shit you ever heard / Lina Mounzer -- Machandiz / Edwidge Danticat -- Recording is his priority: on the photographs of Lu Guang / Ian Teh -- El lago / Eduardo Halfon -- The song of the fireflies / Gaël Faye -- The rains / Ligaya Mishan -- The well / Eka Kurniawan -- A blue Mormon finds himself among common emigrants / Tishani Doshi -- Falling river, concrete city / Billy Kahora -- Spring in Wadi Delab, the valley of the (absent) plane tree / Raja Shehadeh and Penny Johnson -- That house / Tayi Tibble -- Hawaiki / Tayi Tibble -- Bruno / Aminatta Forna -- Sick world / Diego Enrique Osorno -- The psychopaths / Joy Williams -- Coral watch / Ishion Hutchinson -- On the organic diversity of literature: notes from my little astrophysical observatory / Sjón -- The imperiled / Krys Lee.
Summary
"Building from his acclaimed anthology Tales of Two Americas, beloved writer and editor John Freeman draws together some of our greatest writers from around the world to help us see how the environmental crisis is hitting some of the most vulnerable communities where they live. In the past five years, John Freeman, previously editor of Granta, has launched a celebrated international literary magazine, Freeman's, and compiled two acclaimed anthologies that deal with income inequality as it is experienced, first in New York and then throughout the United States. In the course of this work, one major theme has come up repeatedly: how climate change is making already dire inequalities much worse, devastating further the already devastated. The effects of global warming are especially disruptive in less well-off nations, sending refugees to the US and elsewhere in the wealthier world, where they often encounter the problems that perennially face outsiders: lack of access to education, health care, decent housing, employment, and even basic nutrition. But the problems of climate change are not restricted to those from the less developed world. American citizens are suffering too, as the stories of distress resulting from recent hurricanes testify: People who can't sell their home because the building is on a flood plain, people who get displaced and cannot find work, and more. And this doesn't even take on board the situation in much of the Caribbean, or south of the Rio Grande in Mexico and Central America. Galvanized by his conversations with writers and activists around the world, Freeman has engaged with some of today's most eloquent writers, many of whom hail from the places under the most acute stress. The response has been extraordinary: a literary all-points bulletin of fiction, essays, poems, and reportage. Margaret Atwood conjures with a dystopian future in three remarkable poems. Lauren Groff takes us to Florida; Edwidge Danticat to Haiti; Tahmima Anim to Bangladesh. Valeria Luiselli probes the refugee crisis at the US-Mexico border, while Tash Aw takes us to Indonesia, Chinelo Okparanta to Nigeria, and Arundhati Roy to India. As the anthology unfolds, clichés fall away and we are brought closer to the real, human truth of what is happening to our world, and the dystopia to which we are heading. These are news stories with the emphasis on story, about events that should be found in the headlines but often are not, about the most important crisis of our times. LITERATURE'S BIGGEST STARS: TALES OF TWO PLANETS features work from some of the most important writers working today including Arundhati Roy, Edwidge Danticat, Margaret Atwood, and Lauren Groff. NEW WORK, NEW VOICES: All but two of the pieces in this collection of fiction, essays, and poems were commissioned by John Freeman exclusively for this book, and he presents some of the world's most exciting young voices including Daisy Johnson, Valeria Luiselli, Kayo Chingonyi, and Sayaka Murata. A GLOBAL VIEW OF OUR EXISTENTIAL CRISIS: Freeman brings together an international cast of brilliant writers to give readers a globe-spanning view of the climate crisis. Whether it's Sayaka Murata in Japan, Sjon in Iceland, Yasmine El Rashidi in Egypt, or Eka Kurniawan in Indonesia, we get an exhilarating range of experiences"-- Provided by publisher.
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Online version: Tales of two planets New York : Penguin Books, 2020. 9780525505716 (DLC) 2019039030
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9780143133926 (trade paperback)
0143133926
9780525505716 (ebook)
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