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Isabel Waidner, Helen Macdonald & Sin Blaché

‘How does a writer transform a familiar object or character into an instrument of horror?’

Helen Macdonald, Sin Blaché and Isabel Waidner on defamiliarisation, multiple dimensions and constructing characters

A Good First Marriage is Luck

Sheila Heti & Phyllis Rose

‘Life is so difficult. It may take more than one creature to sustain one life.’

Sheila Heti in conversation with Phyllis Rose.

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Lisa Robertson & Kate Briggs

‘The description becomes a psychic image, a political image of transformational potency.’

Kate Briggs and Lisa Robertson discuss becoming novelists, description as a political tool, and endings.

Once Again, Germany Defines Who Is a Jew | Part II

George Prochnik, Emily Dische-Becker & Eyal Weizman

‘Turning to Germany, it seems that Jews are the only ones entitled to historical context, to history, and also to trauma. Palestinian history is denied.’

George Prochnik in conversation with Emily Dische-Becker and Eyal Weizman, after 7 October 2023.

Once Again, Germany Defines Who Is a Jew | Part I

George Prochnik, Eyal Weizman & Emily Dische-Becker

‘We just do not think that it’s for the Germans to say to us what kind of Jews we should be, what kind of project we should be part of.’

George Prochnik in conversation with Emily Dische-Becker and Eyal Weizman, before 7 October 2023.

Europe’s Mistake

Jürgen Habermas

‘Today, I no longer believe that the EU will play a globally influential role in the future.’

Granta’s editor interviews Jürgen Habermas.

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Juliet Jacques & Iphgenia Baal

‘I think people who ape the sentiments of others often go on to believe the thing they said. It becomes their opinion.’

Juliet Jacques and Iphgenia Baal discuss early digital cultures, precarity and social architecture.

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Amy Acre & Liz Berry

‘For a long time, it was shameful to admit you felt anything except bliss.’

Amy Acre and Liz Berry on motherhood.

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Olivia Laing & M. John Harrison

‘Our imaginations are in service to the wrong ends.’

Olivia Laing and M. John Harrison on the commodification of the imagination.

In Conversation

Vanessa Onwuemezi & Colin Herd

‘Words only point to experience, they can’t replace it.’

Vanessa Onwuemezi and Colin Herd discuss UFOs, relation, and the search for an inner sense of home.

In Conversation

Julia Sanches & Mara Faye Lethem

‘There are times when I think I came to literary translation just so I could keep my many homes close to hand.’

Julia Sanches and Mara Faye Lethem on translating Catalan into English.

Interview

Margo Jefferson & Guy Gunaratne

Guy Gunaratne interviewed Margo Jefferson after the winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize was announced, and they discussed her prize-winning book, Constructing a Nervous System.

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Sabrina Orah Mark & Martin Riker

‘I don’t know if you’ve ever held a fairy tale in your hand, but it has this amazing pliability.’

Sabrina Orah Mark and Martin Riker on fairy tales, form and the imaginary realm.

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Tom Bullough & Ben Rawlence

‘People may not want realism but it’s still our job to try and supply it in compelling and truthful ways.’

Tom Bullough and Ben Rawlence on writing into the climate crisis.