Granta 133: What Have We Done

In this new issue of Granta, acclaimed nature writer Barry Lopez meditates on language and seeing; Australian writer Rebecca Giggs witnesses the monumental death of a stranded whale; science writer Fred Pearce describers the Herculean effort to keep nuclear Sellafield safe; poet Kathleen Jamie travels to the Alaskan wilderness; and Adam Nicolson investigates murder in rural Romania, with photographs by Gus Palmer.

With new stories by Ann BeattieBen MarcusDavid Szalay and Deb Olin Unferth; poetry by Noelle KocotMaureen N. McLaneAnge Mlinko and Andrew Motion; and photography by Helge Skodvin, with an introduction by Audrey Niffenegger.

Plus: a selection of unpublished extracts from the notebooks of Roger Deakin, introduced by Robert MacfarlanePublishes in the UK on 19 November and in the US on 24 November.

To launch Granta 133: What Have We Done, contributors Adam Nicolson and Fred Pearce will be in conversation with editor Sigrid Rausing. Join us on Tuesday 10 November at 7 p.m. at Lutyens & Rubinstein bookshop. Tickets available here. 

 

From the Granta archive, an All Hallows’ Eve special selection

Naomi Alderman, ‘The Meaning of Zombies
Angela Carter, ‘The Lady and the Skull
Rebekah Frumkin, ‘The Abyss
Raghu Karnad, ‘The Ghost in the Kimono
Darcey Steinke, ‘Frankenstein’s Mother

 

Granta 132: Possession, Online Edition

Alexandra Lucas Coelho, ‘Saving Mesopotamia
Mariana Enríquez, ‘The Intoxicated Years
Julián Herbert, ‘Users Manual
Ben Hoffman, ‘Substitutes
Hitomi Kanehara, ‘Delira
Raven Leilani, ‘Eliphaz
Carmen Maria Machado, ‘Horror Story
Caitlin Scarano, Two Poems
Amber Sparks, ‘We Were Holy Once

       

Five Things Right Now: Joanna Walsh

Joanna Walsh has published three books this year, HotelVertigo and Grow A Pair. She shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.

1. Roman Muradov 

I’ve been following Roman’s exceptionally inventive and intelligent illustration work for a few years, so I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with him on this series of digital ‘postcards’ for Catapult magazine.

2. Aviation

I drank one for the first time this summer. It was an uplifting experience. It’s a difficult drink to track down: a kind of Martini made with Maraschino and violette liqueur. Clear and oily as airplane fuel with a pale tinge of violet sky, it’s the colour of the future seen from 1920. I could get hold of the ingredients, perhaps, but I’m afraid a home-made replica would disappoint. When I finished the first one, I went right on and had another. Sadly those are the only two I have ever drunk.

3. Los 400 Pueblos

I was in Mexico in September with the British Council, as part of their UKMX 2015 lit exchange. Walking through the centre of Mexico City, I came across the 4th Street protest Id seen that morning: about fifty men gathered by the crossing of a multi-lane city-centre road began to strip off. They started to dance, wearing nothing but fake designer underpants stuck with photographs, to music coming from five-foot speakers parked on the central reservation. Then I noticed the women dancing next to the speakers, wearing only jeans and sombreros. The traffic stopped, cars hooted. The police began to arrive in ones and twos . . . In a country where the body on the street is policed – and self-policed – for religious as well as political reasons, and where there is much to protest sadly and seriously, it was an extraordinarily joyful action, utterly unlike anything I’ve seen in Europe.

4. Eley Williams

Eley Williams’s first collection of stories is out with Influx Press next year. I’ve published her work twice at 3:AM magazine. It’s exciting to come across a writer playing with language so experimentally. There’s no one working in the UK quite like her. 

5. Camera Obscura

I started listening to them again after I heard of the sad early death of Carey Lander from osteosarcoma. They play the sweetest tragi-disco, and they made the break-up album that answers all the questions.

        

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