The media is covering the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with feverish intensity, making the most of first-person accounts, newly released audiotape, and miles of video footage. These stories rekindle the visceral horror and abiding grief of the attacks, but provide only fleeting opportunities for reflection.
Books are designed for deeper immersion and quiet thinking. In the September 1 issue of Booklist, I reviewed four powerful inquiries into 9/11: A Decade of Hope, After the Fall, September 12, Until the Fires Stopped Burning.
Another source of profound perspectives is the current issue of Granta, the renowned British literary “Magazine of New Writing,” currently edited by American John Freeman, author of The Tyranny of E-mail. Granta’s tribute, “Ten Years After,” includes works by famed Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun (A Palace in the Old Village, Leaving Tangier), Somali writer Nuruddin Farah (Crossbones, Knots), Pico Iyer (The Open Road, Sun after Dark), and novelist Nicole Krauss (Great House, The History of Love).