Leaving the Sea | Granta

  • Published: 05/02/2015
  • ISBN: 9781847086365
  • 129x20mm
  • 288 pages

Leaving the Sea

Ben Marcus

A bold new short story collection from one of the most exhilarating and innovative writers of our time. The stories in Leaving the Sea take place in a world which is a distortion of our own, where strange illnesses strike at random and where people disappear without a trace. Ben Marcus has created a labyrinth populated by disturbed, weary men; from the frustrated creative writing teacher to the advocate of self-inhumation; from Paul, whose return home leads him further into his isolation, or Mather, whose child is sick, to an unnamed narrator who spends his lonely evenings calculating the probabilities of his mother’s imminent demise. Dark, funny and utterly unique, Leaving the Sea showcases a writer at the height of his powers.

The writing is so sharp, the world seems made afresh with every story

Emma Brockes, Guardian

Ben Marcus is one of the most stunningly original and profoundly unsettling writers of his generation

Stuart Kelly, Guardian

Relentlessly sardonic, cynical and ambitiously experimental in style... [He forms] sentence after sentence with scouring insight and linguistic force... [You will] want to tell everyone you know to read Ben Marcus

Randy Boyagoda, Financial Times

The Author

Ben Marcus is the author of The Age of Wire and String, Notable American Women, The Flame Alphabet and Leaving the Sea. His work has appeared in the New Yorker, Granta, Harper’s and the Paris Review. Marcus has received a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Berlin Prize and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is on the faculty at Columbia University in New York.

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George and Elizabeth

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‘She could see, or was starting to, that someone out there was seeing him, watching him.’

In Conversation | Granta 133

George Saunders and Ben Marcus In Conversation

George Saunders & Ben Marcus

‘One purpose of art is to get us to wake up, recalibrate our emotional life, get ourselves into proper relation to reality.’

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The Loyalty Protocol

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‘The tally, indeed, on that particular activity, in that particular location – or, in fact, on any couch ever – was, indeed, zero.’