Granta 102 : New Nature Writing Paperback
by Jason Cowley
Part of the Granta: The Magazine of New Writing series
As long as people have been writing, they have been writing about nature.
But nature - as we know it - is changing. Economic migration, overpopulation and - most significantly - climate change are shaping the natural world into something unfamiliar.
Instead of providing a respite from the urban landscape, the natural world now reflects our mistakes; our abuse; our politics.
As our conception and experience of nature changes, so too does the way we write about it. "Granta 102" will be a seminal collection, addressing lost worlds, vanishing species, the race for control of the Arctic and the popularisation of man-made art intended to replicate the aesthetic experiences we once found in the wild.
The contributors to this book include Robert Macfarlane, Jonathan Raban, Richard Mabey, Geoff Dyer, Nadine Gordimer, and Isabel Hilton.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Granta Publications Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/07/2008
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9781905881024
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Review by dsc73277
It's reassuring to know that in a culture permeated with mediocrity and mindless trash, there are still people creating serious and thoughtful work and the means still exist of transmitting this work to its audience. Sadly though, having worked my way through this volume there is nothing which sticks out positively in the memory. The strongest reaction was created by Kathleen Jamie's piece recounting visits to a pathology lab in order to draw attention to the fact that "nature" is not just fields, trees and fluffy lambs but also encompasses the germs, viruses and organisms which ultimately bring out our individual demise. Unfortunately, being one of those squeamish types who cannot even watch medical dramas on TV, I couldn't even bring myself to read that piece in its entirety. Other essays that I did complete have failed to leave their mark.