Granta 153: Second Nature
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Talismans of Blood and Memory
On the worldwide campaign to return sacred objects to the ancestral communities from which they were taken.
‘Perhaps in isolation a new form of communication is emerging, expressing what readers and writers have always told one another, via books and letters and on the literary stage: I hear you. You are not alone.’
‘Never has there been a greater need for writers who can communicate about the environment in such clear, immediate and powerful ways, who can envisage the past as well as the future.’
On Meeting Margaret Busby
Margaret Busby was Britain’s first Black woman publisher. At the age of twenty, she was also one of its youngest.
Jesse Kirkwood’s translation of ‘Nocturne’ by Yūshō Takiguchi is the winner of the 2020 Harvill Secker Young Translators’ Prize.
‘Somewhere in-between is the truth. Somewhere in-between is the story, or at least the European story.’
Editor Sigrid Rausing introduces Granta 147: 40th-Birthday Special.
New Town Blues
‘They had believed they were coming to a new town. But, they said, Harlow wasn’t new: it looked old.’
The Peripatetic Penelope Fitzgerald
Lucy Scholes on the highs, lows and package tours of Booker-prize-winning author Penelope Fitzgerald. ‘Fitzgerald’s life can only be attributed to the caprices of fate.’
‘Yes. Oh yes. That is who we once were. The Young must never, ever allow themselves to ignore what has brought them here.’
Emma Cline | Five Things Right Now
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.
He Had His Reasons
Colin Barrett on the Hawe family murder-suicide, and what the Irish media’s coverage tells us about the nation’s prejudices.
The Refugee Crisis
A collection of responses to the Refugee Crisis from Granta contributors.
The Power of a Grandmother Named Tranquilina
'Never underestimate the power of a grandmother to leave her mark on coming generations, or the taste of her cooking to cause an epiphany big enough to give the world a shiver.'
Granta Finland | Interview
‘What is often particular to Finnish Weird is that it portrays a realistic, palpable setting which gradually starts to acquire elements of fantasy.’
Katherine Faw Morris | Interview
‘I wanted her to be a pit bull.’
A.M. Homes | Interview
‘I don’t want to make suffering a positive (or negative); I very much want to acknowledge it without judgment.’
Granta Norway | Interview
‘To an extent I have tried to make the issue span the full spectrum of Norwegian literature.’
Brazilian Writers Define Betrayal
‘So that was betrayal: in a magical realm, assassins and elves were involved in a conspiracy to overthrow the king. Or something like that.’
‘I think of betrayal as a crack in the veneer of humanity, an act that reveals to us, and others, our base animal nature.’
Books I Read This Year
A selection of Granta contributors discuss the books they read in 2012.
Anthony Shadid | Interview
‘It’s very difficult to say what kind of Iraq is going to emerge from this trauma. I think we have to wait a generation.’
I Read Granta
Hear why Mark Haddon likes to go down to the pub after reading the latest issue of Granta, and where Junot Díaz first discovered the magazine.
Granta Italy 3 | Interview
‘I do not feel our authors set out to reflect their age or their epoch: they are not into literature as sociology.’
Hari Kunzru | Interview
‘It was interesting to me how readily UFOs can be mapped onto a spiritualism, Madame Blavatsky and so on.’
Letters From Two Exit Strategists
‘I feel like I’ll spend a great many years unravelling whatever is being stored inside of me just now.’
Don DeLillo | Interview
‘The stories are representative of one slice of mind. The novels are mind, body, day and night, and what I ate for lunch.’
Granta Italy Sex | Interview
‘I think that the metaphor of bodily failure is a very apt one to reflect the feeling of weakness and despondency palpable today within the Italian society.’
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man | New Voices
‘We searched the horizon for returning fishermen, who arrived shaggy and greasy, telling their stories but not their secrets.’