By Philip Graham
A dispatch from a international land, whilst crafted via an attentive and expert author, will be magical, transmitting excitement, drama, and seductive strangeness.
In The Moon, Come to Earth, Philip Graham bargains an multiplied version of a favored sequence of dispatches initially released on McSweeney’s, an exuberant but introspective account of a year’s sojourn in Lisbon together with his spouse and daughter. Casting his attentive gaze on scenes as huge as a citywide arts competition and as small as a unmarried paving stone in a cobbled stroll, Graham renders Lisbon from a standpoint that varies among wide-eyed and figuring out; even though he’s certainly now not a vacationer, even as he is aware he'll by no means be an area. So his lyrical debts show his struggles with (and love of) the Portuguese language, an ungainly assembly with Nobel laureate José Saramago, being trapped in a budding football insurrection, and his daughter’s tough transition to early life whereas attending a Portuguese school—but he additionally waxes loving approximately Portugal’s saudade-drenched song, its artistic food, and its brilliant literary tradition. and during his funny, self-deprecating, and wistful explorations, we come to grasp Graham himself, and his spouse and daughter, in order that while an unforeseen problem hits his relations, we can’t aid yet discomfort along them.
A considerate, finely wrought social gathering of the moment-to-moment pleasure of diving deep into one other tradition and confronting one’s mystery selves, The Moon, Come to Earth is literary commute writing of a unprecedented intimacy and immediacy.
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