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Granta 125: After the War

How lengthy is the shadow of a conflict, an explosion, a revolution? What tales come up within the wake of devastation? This factor explores the complex aftermath and legacy of clash. Lindsey Hilsum returns to Rwanda twenty years after witnessing the start of genocide. Patrick French writes of a great-uncle whose heroism in international battle I left at the back of a ‘saturating cult of remembrance’. From air-raid drills in Paul Auster’s the United States to a calf with a damaged foot in Herta Müller's Rumania, this is often how we are living after the war.
In the Issue

Paul Auster You take into account the Planes
Jean Paul de Dadelsen from commencing Invocation
Aminatta Forna 1979
Patrick French After the War
Romesh Gunesekera Mess
Lindsey Hilsum The wet Season
A.L. Kennedy past due in Life
Hari Kunzru Stalkers
Yiyun Li From Dream to Dream
Thomas McGuane Crow Fair
Ange Mlinko Revelations
Herta Müller constantly a similar Snow and consistently an identical Uncle
Rowan Ricardo Phillips Pax Americana
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Dave Heath A Sparrow Fallen
Justin Jin area of Absolute soreness

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You may see an image of the part moving away. You may hear the part’s voice saying that it will relax, or it may do some negotiating about its willingness to step aside or relax. ” If you find another Concerned Part, repeat the process until you are in Self and you feel a sense of open space, curiosity, or compassion. From here, you can begin to get to know the Target Part from a place of Self. 2. Concerned Part Unwilling to Relax: If a Concerned Part isn’t willing to step aside, you can explain to it the value of stepping aside.

Any of these attitudes that arise are coming from a Concerned Part of you. Take a moment to choose a Protector Part that you are interested in knowing more about. First, access the Protector (Step P1) and then unblend as much as you can from it (Step P2). This Protector will be your Target Part. ” What do you notice—anger, frustration, wanting the part to go away? Any of these responses is a Concerned Part. Fill in the chart with your answers. If you happen to feel open, curious, or compassionate about the part, you are probably in Self.

Bill doesn’t want his part to act out being judgmental and competitive. Using the IFS approach, Bill can relate to this part with understanding and appreciation while also taking the steps to heal it. This approach is fundamentally different from the way we ordinarily relate to our parts. Usually when we become aware of a part, the first thing we do is evaluate it. Is it good or bad for us? If we decide it is good, we embrace it and give it power. If we decide it is bad, we try to suppress it or get rid of it.

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