"Visitors"

Title"Visitors"
Year for Search1985
AuthorsCranna, John(b. 1954)
Secondary TitleStand Magazine (U.K.)
Volume / Edition27
Pagination28-37
Date PublishedWinter 1985-86
KeywordsAotearoa/New Zealand author, Male author
Annotation

Dystopia. Story set in a world where an old man is being given regular electroshock treatments to take away his memories. The torturers, described as “Pale Suits,” are part of a movement suppressing the poor throughout the world. A revolt takes place but appears to fail. The point-of-view character, the grandson of the man being tortured, leaves to join the opposition.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Best Short Stories 1987. Ed. Giles Gordon and David Hughes (London: William Heinemann, 1987), 27-41; and in his Visitors (Auckland, New Zealand: Heinemann Reed, 1989), 1-15.

Holding Institutions

ATL, LLL, VUW

Author Note

New Zealand author (b. 1954)

Full Text

1985-6 Cranna, John (b. 1954). “Visitors.” Stand Magazine (U. K.) 27 (Winter 1985-86): 28-37. Rpt. in Best Short Stories 1987. Ed. Giles Gordon and David Hughes (London: William Heinemann, 1987), 27-41; and in his Visitors (Auckland, New Zealand: Heinemann Reed, 1989), 1-15. ATL, LLL, VUW

Dystopia set in a world where an old man is being given regular electroshock treatments to take away his memories. The torturers, described as “Pale Suits,” are part of a movement suppressing the poor throughout the world. A revolt takes place but appears to fail. The point-of-view character, the grandson of the man being tortured, leaves to join the opposition. New Zealand author.