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Grand Union: Stories av Zadie Smith
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Grand Union: Stories (urspr publ 2019; utgåvan 2020)

av Zadie Smith (Författare)

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"A dazzling collection of short fiction, more than half of which have never been published before, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and Swing Time Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically-respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. With ten extraordinary new stories complemented by a selection of her most lauded pieces for The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, GRAND UNION explores a wide range of subjects, from first loves to cultural despair, as well as the desire to be the subject of your own experience. In captivating prose, she contends with race, class, relationships, and gender roles in a world that feels increasingly divided. Nothing is off limits, and everything--when captured by Smith's brilliant gaze--feels fresh and relevant. Perfectly paced, and utterly original, GRAND UNION highlights the wonders Zadie Smith can do"--… (mer)
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Titel:Grand Union: Stories
Författare:Zadie Smith (Författare)
Info:Penguin Books (2020), 256 pages
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Having recently read and enjoyed On Beauty, I was looking forward to reading Grand Union and seeing how Smith's approach to short stories differs from her novel writing.

I have to say that a few of the stories went over my head; these felt more like random ramblings than actual stories.

She does write very intelligently, though, and some of the more knowing stories like 'Kelso Deconstructed' made me laugh. I also enjoyed the more character-driven stories like 'Miss Adele Among The Corsets' and 'Big Week'.

A mixed collection for me, but probably one worth reading if you're a big fan of Smith. ( )
  mooingzelda | Mar 9, 2021 |
I don't think the short form is really Zadie Smith's best medium, and some of these short stories I found almost unreadable, but there are a couple of real gems amongst them. ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Feb 1, 2021 |
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  Resi_Stubborn | Jan 24, 2021 |
In a Zadie Smith story, even when the characters are cussing they sound posh. I don't know if that's just me. Her voice is so careful, precise, & carries a kind of deliberate humour that makes me feel like she can't step out of her brain and just... release. Feel. I felt like the only story where I felt a kind of release was "For The King" & that's cause the whole story happens in 'one-take' following a friend meeting a friend & the conversation they have till they go home. So it's less controlled in that sense, plus Zadie Smith's dialogue is always stellar.

With this kind of precision and tightness, some stories work far better than others. When it works it's powerful as with the story "Two Men Arrive in A Village" which read like a tense, terrifying parable & shows Smith's intense intelligence & observation on human intent & behaviour. This bit moved me most in the whole book:

"But there is such a thing as physical courage, real, persistent, very hard to explain, existing in tiny pockets here, there, and everywhere, and though almost always useless it is still something you don't easily forget once you've seen it—like a very beautiful face or a giant mountain range, it sets a limit somehow on your own hopes for yourself—and, sensing this, maybe, the tall, dim one raise his gleaming machete and, with the same fluid yet effortless gesture with which you might take the head off a flower, separate the boy from his life."

But a lot of times the stories read a little too 'perfectly' & therefore I felt like I could not find their soul. So once in a while when I felt a kind of release, it's like getting gold. For example in a story that was a kind of humorous riff on cancel culture, I guess ("Now More Than Ever") we get this passage:

"To the suffering person, suffering is solely suffering. It is only for others, as a symbol, that suffering takes on any meaning or purpose. No one ever got lynched and thought, Well, at least this will lead inexorably to the civil rights movement. They just shook, suffered, screamed, and died. Pain is the least symbolic thing there is." ( )
  verkur | Jan 8, 2021 |
DNF at page 42.

There's almost an element of stream of consciousness to these short tales. They feel more like someone's idle musings than actual stories. Soft and elegant words with the appearance of hidden depth ultimately take you nowhere and are utterly unmemorable. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Sep 20, 2020 |
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"A dazzling collection of short fiction, more than half of which have never been published before, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and Swing Time Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically-respected, and popular writers of her generation. In her first short story collection, she combines her power of observation and inimitable voice to mine the fraught and complex experience of life in the modern world. With ten extraordinary new stories complemented by a selection of her most lauded pieces for The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and Granta, GRAND UNION explores a wide range of subjects, from first loves to cultural despair, as well as the desire to be the subject of your own experience. In captivating prose, she contends with race, class, relationships, and gender roles in a world that feels increasingly divided. Nothing is off limits, and everything--when captured by Smith's brilliant gaze--feels fresh and relevant. Perfectly paced, and utterly original, GRAND UNION highlights the wonders Zadie Smith can do"--

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