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‘You may need to gaze at death indirectly, through a mirror crafted into a shield.’ Poetry by Ken Chen.
‘This issue of Granta collects writing headed full tilt in the opposite direction from the literary lassitude of the land.’The editor introduces the issue.
‘A philosopher will reflect on the world from any place.’Alexander Kluge on Germany, translated by Peter Kuras.
‘Today, Germany knows it’s supposed to talk about cars.’Adrian Daub on car-washing the past.
‘It sounds like a stand-up comedy routine, but it’s true: I moved to Germany to get away from attractive men.’Nell Zink on German men.
‘It would be many years before I understood that around my mother’s sober acceptance of the status quo was a whole culture she had developed for our subsistence and well-being.’
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