‘We take our theme from Pwaangulongii Dauod’s remarkable eulogy to the late Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina.’
Editor Sigrid Rausing introduces Granta’s 150th issue.
An Instrument of Pure Motion
‘They say they are too busy but actually they are too busy for you.’
A story by graphic novelist Tommi Parrish.
History is a Music Box
‘My hands are cupped around the names written on the tablets of stone.’
‘I am not saying you cannot be gay. How hard is it to be normal and gay?’
‘Quitting drugs – what an idea. How final and unaccommodating. Like being left without faith or protection in a pagan world.’ An extract from Jeet Thayil’s Low.
Best Book of 1988:
Alan Rossi on why Bad Behavior is the best book of 1988.
Just As It Was
‘Unnatural is as fitting a term as any to describe the life Athill went on to lead, in that the choices she makes continually push against the conventions of her upbringing, class and gender. ’
Best Book of 1989: A House with Four Rooms
Esther Rutter on why A House with Four Rooms by Rumer Godden is the best book of 1989.
Best Book of 1993: To Live
Jianan Qian on why Yu Hua’s To Live is the best book of 1993.
On Europe | Peter Stamm
Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.
‘Somewhere in-between is the truth. Somewhere in-between is the story, or at least the European story.’
Orhan Pamuk | On Europe
‘In the part of the world where I come from, Europe is not just an ideal and a beautiful dream’ Translated from the Turkish by Ekin Oklap.
Jacqueline Rose | On Europe
‘We will get nowhere in understanding the present crisis unless we, as Europeans, are willing to look into the dark heart of ourselves.’