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The Collected Stories
John McGahern
Middlemarch
George Eliot
Omensetter's Luck
William H. Gass
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust, Lydia Davis
A Naked Singularity (Paper)
Sergio De La Pava
The Master and Margarita
Mikhail Bulgakov, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
Otherwise Known as the Human Condition: Selected Essays and Reviews
Geoff Dyer
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Claire Tomalin
Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon

Granta 116: Ten Years Later

Granta 116: Ten Years Later - Granta: The Magazine of New Writing,  John   Freeman The essay by Tahar ben Jelloun, about the Tunisian street vendor and the Egyptian nobody who symbolized everyone, and how they sparked the revolutions in their countries, was especially moving. Pico Iyer's essay is great too - he welcomes the white affluent Westerners to his world where dark-skinned people from not-the-west are routinely viewed with suspicion. Post 9-11 we all get to share in feeling aggrieved as we are treated by police, airport security, etc. as guilty of something. Nadeem Aslam's story Punnu's Jihad shows how little autonomy a young Afghan man has. The warlords control everything and so control the arc of his life.
Some good stories and essays, predictable but powerful nonetheless.