Granta i — Summer 2012, #120


Every issue of Granta is a feast of the best new writing from around the world. In our pages you’ll find stories, reportage, poetry

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...there is art to medicine as well as science... Hippocratic Oath.

This collection of new fiction, poetry, memoir and art showcases the work of doctors who are also writers, poets who have become patients and some of today’s most beloved literary voices on subjects ranging from autism to ageing. Sometimes the best medicine is a story itself.

Granta 120: Medicine looks at the ways we face our ailments and the ways we seek to cure ourselves. With new writing from Alice Munro, Chris Adrian, Rose Tremain and A.L. Kennedy.

‘This collection of stories, poems and memoir accounts of suffering are as harrowing as they are oddly uplifting . Chris Adrian's opening story captures the wavering tone between nervous laughter and tears that streaks through the tales; his professorial medic is delivering a lecture but also having a breakdown. MJ Hyland presents an emotional portrait of her multiple sclerosis; Rose Tremain's "The Cutting" enacts a 17th century mastectomy reminiscent of Fanny Burney's eye-watering account’ - Independent

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