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The Cleanness author on always being an outsider.
Words by Kabelo Sandile Motsoeneng.

  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 44

The Cleanness author on always being an outsider.
Words by Kabelo Sandile Motsoeneng.

Garth Greenwell is not feigning humility when he says the critical reception of his books is still “bewildering” to him. “I was a poet for 20 years, and knew that nobody was ever going to read my work, ” Greenwell says.1 When working on What Belongs to You and Cleanness, which both follow an American teacher living in Sofia, Bulgaria, he wrote without an audience in mind. The narrator is never named, but that does not suggest a kind of opacity.

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Four

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