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Leaving Gotham City

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Gyasi, Y. (2017). Leaving Gotham City. In Rausing, S. Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3. Granta Magazine, pp. 142-155

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'I don't understand why anyone would want to stay in Gotham City. It's a stupid place with all these crazy motherfuckers walking around killing people and blowing shit up. Why don't they just leave?'

I laughed when he said it because I was too young to understand that Edwin was serious, that he was beginning to rework an idea our families had latched onto, fought for, years before, when they'd dragged Ghana-must-go bags onto the shores of this strange new land. You shouldn't stay somewhere that isn't working.

think about this in the context of "staying & fighting" vs the right to leave (as a refugee etc)

—p.153 by Yaa Gyasi 11 months, 2 weeks ago

'I don't understand why anyone would want to stay in Gotham City. It's a stupid place with all these crazy motherfuckers walking around killing people and blowing shit up. Why don't they just leave?'

I laughed when he said it because I was too young to understand that Edwin was serious, that he was beginning to rework an idea our families had latched onto, fought for, years before, when they'd dragged Ghana-must-go bags onto the shores of this strange new land. You shouldn't stay somewhere that isn't working.

think about this in the context of "staying & fighting" vs the right to leave (as a refugee etc)

—p.153 by Yaa Gyasi 11 months, 2 weeks ago