‘The Vegetarian of Poznan, Hamburg and Now Prague’ by Swpnil Patel

The best thing about the four-issue run of The Good Journal was to see the strength of British BAME writing across fiction, poetry, essay and memoir laid bare. Publishers now have no fucking excuse. This story from the final issue, Patel’s first, is super-impressive: part-travelogue, part-history lesson, as an unnamed narrator and the mysterious Susanne hunt for statues and meatloaf. Gave me millennial Bellow vibes – in a good way. Keen to read what he writes next. 

From The Good Journal Issue Four, ed. Diana Evans, Autumn 2019

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