Published in 2020, Graham Swift’s eleventh novel,

Here We Are

, explores recurring themes in this author’s work: the fragility of human bonds; transience and mortality; reconciling with the past; the significance of memory and of vigilance; trust and togetherness; betrayal and guilt; authenticity and performance. Asking that most fundamental of questions—what it means to be alive—through the emphatic title,

Here We Are

is concerned with the significance of presence and absence for everyone across ages, classes, and roles: as children and parents, as spouses and friends, as professionals and social beings. Evoking the necessity of accepting mystery as essential to being alive, the novel affirms the transformative power of creativity.

Here We Are focuses on the changing relationships

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Citation: Logotheti, Anastasia. "Here We Are". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 August 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=40549, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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