Defining Betrayal | Granta Magazine

Defining Betrayal

Various Contributors

‘I think of betrayal as a crack in the veneer of humanity, an act that reveals to us, and others, our base animal nature.’

John Burnside

John Burnside lives in East Fife, Scotland, where he teaches at the University of St. Andrews. His fifth novel, The Devil’s Footprints, and a collection of poems, Gift Songs, were published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2007.

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Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. He studied at Princeton under Toni Morrison and Harvard Law, and currently lives in New York City.

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Karen Russell

Karen Russell is the author of the story collection St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and the novel Swamplandia!, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of the New York Times's Top 5 Fiction Books of 2011. Her most recent story collection is Vampires in the Lemon Grove. In 2007 she was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.

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Janine di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. A recent Guggenheim Fellow, in 2020 she was awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ highest prize for non-fiction, the Blake Dodd. She is the author of nine books, the next one, The Vanishing, about Christians in the Middle East, will be published in the spring of 2021. She is a former Murrow Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her last book, The Morning They Came for Us: Dispatches from Syria, has been translated into twenty-seven languages.

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André Aciman

André Aciman is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of the memoir Out of Egypt and four novels: Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square and Enigma Variations. He is currently working on a novel tentatively titled Youth and a collection of essays, Homo Irrealis.

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Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey was born in England in 1975. Her first novel, The Wilderness, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Betty Trask Prize. Her new novel, All Is Song, was published in January 2012. She was recently named by The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Novelists.

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Callan Wink

CALLAN WINK has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His stories and essays appear widely, including in the New YorkerGrantaZoetrope: All-StoryPlayboyMen’s Journal, and The Best American Short Stories anthology. His first book, Dog Run Moon, was short-listed for the Dylan Thomas Prize and received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. He lives in Livingston, Montana, where he is a fly-fishing guide on the Yellowstone River.

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Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer Vanderbes is the author of three novels: Easter Island, Strangers at the Feast and the forthcoming The Secret of Pigeon Point. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center.

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Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson is the co-founder of OR Books, and previously worked for Scribner, the New Press and Verso. He has written for a range of publication including the New York Times, the Sunday Times and the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the Nation. He divides his time between New York, London and Liverpool.

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