Granta 143: After the Fact Oh, the ObviousChristine SchuttActs of InfidelityLena AnderssonFour Syrian Borders: A Motorcycle Journey, 2007Esa Aldegheri & Gavin FrancisThe PerseidsSusan StraightDarlingChelsey Minnis Summer after the WarA story by Nobel Prize laureate Kazuo IshiguroKarl Kraus and VezaElias Canetti on the Viennese salons of the 1920sBoys in Zinc‘I was trying to present a history of feelings, not the history of the war itself.’ – Svetlana Alexievich Holy Man A new poem by Will Harris. The Leech Barometer Rebecca Giggs on leeches, both real and imaginary. Kudos An excerpt from Rachel Cusk’s novel Kudos. The Duchess of Albany ‘The permanence of his absence is a noise she hears when she listens to how quiet.’ A short story by Christine Schutt. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER T.S. Eliot was a terrible hip-hop artist | Discoveries Eleanor Chandler & Josie Mitchell The poetry world is abuzz this week in the wake of a controversial essay published in PN Review by British poet Rebecca Watts, denigrating a new generation of ‘amateur’ poets. Ben Lerner | False Starts Ben Lerner on short-circuiting his neurotic inclinations, wrestling with his own architecture, and thinking of himself as a poet. explore the granta archive Summer after the War Kazuo Ishiguro ‘War was not a good thing, everyone knew that now.’ Karl Kraus and Veza Elias Canetti ‘It was natural that the rumors about both these people should reach me at the same time; they came from the same source, from which everything new for me came at that time.’ Boys in Zinc Svetlana Alexievich ‘I was trying to present a history of feelings, not the history of the war itself.’ Terminus Pedro Rosa Mendes ‘We hope that the copilot knows the terrain well. That his mask of youth conceals the face of a seasoned veteran of war. That he knows the minefields because he helped plant them.’ Animals Michel Laub ‘I only stopped playing with him when he began biting the fingers of anyone who tried to pet him.’ In the Valley of Coachella Susan Straight & Douglas McCulloh Novelist Susan Straight and photographer Douglas McCulloh visit the Coachella valley. ‘There may be nowhere in America where the ancient and the new coexist so closely’ Authors Carys Davies | Notes on Craft Carys Davies ‘All good stories are both resonant and concrete; they live in the mind of the reader and reverberate beyond the pages of the book.’ Emma Cline | Five Things Right Now Emma Cline The author of The Girls and one of our 2017 Best of Young American Novelist shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now. Max Porter reads Will Self Max Porter & Will Self In this episode of the podcast, Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers reads ‘False Blood’ by Will Self. Greg Jackson | First Sentence Greg Jackson ‘I am being, I believe, about as forthright as I am being coy.’ 2018 Man Booker International Prize Longlist The Fruit of My Woman Han Kang ‘It was late May when I first saw the bruises on my wife’s body.’ The Hotel Capital Olga Tokarczuk ‘At the same time I take off my exotic language, my strange name, my sense of humour, my face lines, my taste for food not appreciated here, my memory of small events—and I stand naked in this pink and white uniform as if emerging from the sea mist ’.