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Granta 164: Last Notes

Essays & Memoir | Issue 164

Cairo Song

Wiam El-Tamami

‘I see this everywhere. The creativity, resourcefulness and incredible talent for improvisation in Egypt.’

Wiam El-Tamami on returning to Cairo.

Fiction | Issue 164

A Life Where Nothing Happens

Mazen Maarouf

‘His fear was that we would die in front of him and so he thought of us all the time, which is not what he wanted.’

Fiction by Mazen Maarouf.

Fiction | Issue 164


Nicola Barker

‘Insofar as value for money is relevant to art, that audience – an attentive audience, a great audience – were determined to get it.’

Fiction by Nicola Barker.

Catalan Literature Today

Poetry | The Online Edition

The Pink Plastic Glove

Dolors Miquel

‘A pink plastic glove arrives, I say hello, pink plastic glove, you’ve arrived.’

Poetry by Dolors Miquel, translated by Peter Bush.

Fiction | The Online Edition

There Was a Farmer Had a Dog

Irene Solà

‘A twenty-five-kilo dog is too small to survive in the countryside.’

An extract from Irene Solà’s forthcoming novel, translated by Mara Faye Lethem.

Fiction | The Online Edition

The Tupperware Party

Montserrat Roig

‘We’re going to go crazy today, Merche exclaimed and then let out an electric shriek.’

Fiction by Montserrat Roig, translated by Julia Sanches.

Granta Writers’ Workshop

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Championing New Voices

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Podcasts | The Online Edition

Podcast | Lynne Tillman

Lynne Tillman

‘In a sense we are always haunted by our past and what psychoanalysis is, for me, is not about cure but about understanding those ghosts.’

Lynne Tillman on her books Weird Fucks and Haunted Houses.

Podcasts | The Online Edition

Podcast | Anthony Anaxagorou

Anthony Anaxagorou

‘How do we perform our politics, our outrage and our grievances when we are among a group?’

Anthony Anaxagorou talks about his collection Heritage Aesthetics.

Highlights From Granta Books

From the Archive

Fiction | The Online Edition

An Evening of Martyrdom

Golnoosh Nour

New fiction from Golnoosh Nour’s debut collection about the lives of young, queer Iranians.

Fiction | Issue 56

Nadine at Forty

Hilary Mantel

‘Each day we re-enact, on ourselves, what was done to us.’

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Daughter of Radium

Joe Dunthorne

‘As a child, my grandmother brushed her teeth every day with radioactive toothpaste.’

Recommended Reading

Fiction | The Online Edition

The Gospel According to the New World

Maryse Condé

‘Our Father had perhaps two sons and sent her the younger one.’

An excerpt from The Gospel According to the New World, by Maryse Condé, translated from the French by Richard Philcox.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

The Forgotten War

Leila Guerriero

Leila Guerriero investigates the collusion that left so many graves unmarked decades after the Falklands War.

Essays & Memoir | The Online Edition

Self-Replicating Textual Worms

Lucy Mercer

‘Sometimes, it is better to not know what is behind the veil, decode the sign.’

Lucy Mercer on motherhood, emblems and obscurity.

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.