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Granta 167: Extraction

Essays & Memoir | Issue 167

Drone Wars for Mexico’s Gold Mountains

Anjan Sundaram

‘More than 111,000 people have gone missing in Mexico in the past six years.’

Anjan Sundaram on cartels, conflict and the rate of disappearances in Mexico.

Fiction | Issue 167

The Darién Gap

Carlos Fonseca

‘He thinks of himself as a man who has learned to be white by living among white people, though all it takes is a look in the mirror to realize his error.’

Fiction by Carlos Fonseca, translated by Jessica Sequeira.

Fiction | Issue 167

Monkey Army

Eka Kurniawan

‘He did what people told him to do. He was a machine.’

A short story by Eka Kurniawan, translated by Annie Tucker.

Art & Photography | Issue 167

Working the Soil and the Cloud

Danny Franzreb & Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

‘Like all money, Bitcoin is valuable only to the degree that people believe in its value.’

Photography by Danny Franzreb, introduced by Atossa Araxia Abrahamian.

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Wagner in Africa

James Pogue

‘Many people in the country seem happy to accept mercenaries in exchange for stability.’

James Pogue on the Wagner Group in the Central African Republic.

From the Archive

Fiction | Issue 91

The Great Wall

Ismail Kadare

‘What China loses by the sword it retakes by silk.’

A short story by Ismail Kadare, translated by David Bellos.

Essays & Memoir | Issue 41

Dreams for Hire

Gabriel García Márquez

‘The wave had erupted with such force that it obliterated the glass lobby.‘

A short story by Gabriel García Márquez, translated by Nick Caistor.

Fiction | Issue 80

Soft Core

Joyce Carol Oates

‘They were two sisters of youthful middle age with three breasts between them and a history that might be summed up as much left unsaid.’

Fiction by Joyce Carol Oates.

Highlights From Granta Books

Recommended Reading

Essays & Memoir | Issue 165

From Zanzibar to Marbach

Abdulrazak Gurnah

‘The tragedies inflicted on the people of East Africa as a result of European rivalries are belittled and forgotten.’

Abdulrazak Gurnah on German East Africa.

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Last Week at Marienbad

Lauren Oyler

‘The only thing on the schedule was spa.’

Lauren Oyler on her trip to Marienbad.

Poetry | Issue 162 padlock

Ecstatic Joy and Its Variants

Peter Gizzi

‘surely this is about water jetting from a spring, / a languid rafting with no particular destination’

Poetry by Peter Gizzi.

Fiction | Issue 111

Missing Out

Leila Aboulela

‘She had held the day up with pegs; not only her day but his too.’

Fiction by Leila Aboulela.

News, Prizes and Events


When I Sing, Mountains Dance and Chilean Poet Shortlisted for Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize

When I Sing, Mountains Dance by Irene Sola (trans. Mara Faye Lethem) and Chilean Poet by Alejandro Zambra (trans. Megan McDowell) are both shortlisted for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize.


Our Share of Night Shortlisted for The Kitschies

Our Share of Night by Mariana Enriquez (trans. Megan McDowell) is shortlisted for The Kitschies Red Tentacle award, awarded to speculative, sci-fi and fantasy novels.


I’m A Fan Wins a British Book Award

I'm A Fan by Sheena Patel wins the Book of the Year: Discover Award at the British Book Awards.