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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.
Interview with Constantia Soteriou
Constantia Soteriou discusses the possibilities of fiction, the oral narratives of women and belonging to a new generation of Cypriot writers with Granta magazine.
Best Book of 1949: The Thief’s Journal
‘To read it is to feel the alternative tempo in the rude repetitions of the thief who loves to steal.’
The Best Book of 1943: Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles
Kathryn Scanlan on the best book of 1943: Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles.
Best Book of 1966: Season of Migration to the North
‘Of course, literature cannot be separated from its flesh of language and form. Nor can its tangible subject explain why it moves its reader, through the subtleties of language, or the shadowy geographies that it leaves to the imagination.’
Best Book of 1947: Call Me Ishmael by Charles Olson
Chris Power on the Best Book of 1947: Call Me Ishmael by Charles Olson.
Best Book of 1935: Junichiro Tanizaki’s The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi
Naben Ruthnum on the best book of 1935: Junichiro Tanizaki's The Secret History of the Lord of Musashi.
Amy Sackville | The Proust Questionnaire
‘What is your guiltiest pleasure? Is it really a pleasure if you feel bad about it?’
Best Book of 1990: Anecdotes of Modern Art
‘If I tell you a book is an encyclopedic and fast-paced tour of the interrelationship of making art and being in pain, need I say more?’
Best book of 1936: Locos
Ingrid Persaud on why Felipe Alfau’s Locos is the best book of 1936.
Best Book of 1969: Pricksongs & Descants
Lisa Taddeo on why Robert Coover’s Pricksongs & Descants is the best book of 1969.
George Saunders In Conversation | Podcast
A discussion of the mind of Abraham Lincoln, the art of creating historical voices, verbal improv and writing the afterlife.
Gwendoline Riley | Five Things Right Now
Gwendoline Riley on Caspar David Friedrich, sketching and Chekhov.
Five Things Right Now: Eliza Robertson
‘For me, astrology’s opened this new language and field of understanding.’
Five Things Right Now: Katy Simpson Smith
Katy Simpson Smith shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Five Things Right Now: Max Porter
Max Porter, author of Grief is the Thing with Feathers, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Five Things Right Now: Darcey Steinke
Darcey Steinke, author of Sister Golden Hair, shares five links of what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Five Things Right Now: Sarah Thornton
Sarah Thornton, author of 33 Artists, 3 Acts, shares five links of what she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
Akhil Sharma | Five Things Right Now
Akhil Sharma, a Granta Best Young American Novelist and author of new novel Family Life, shares five things he’s reading, watching and thinking about.
Petar Delchev | Best Untranslated Writers
‘I’m talking now of Mr Delchev’s bravery; of his books rightly loved by a faithful following of Bulgarian readers; of his words, still untranslated, which one day, I hope, will ring out in many foreign tongues.’
Guadalupe Nettel | Best Untranslated Writers
‘When I met her, I kept thinking: is she looking at me? Or rather, is she looking inside me?’
Eliza Robertson | Interview
‘I suppose if something moves me to write, I don't question it.’
Marie-Margaux Tsakiri-Scanatovits responds to Helen Simpson’s ‘Night Thoughts’ in Granta 115: The F Word.
Anne Rowe | Interview
‘From her letters we learn about the woman as opposed to the writer. Iris Murdoch’s philosophy and fiction reveal her rational public face; in her letters she speaks from the heart.’
Louis de Bernières | Interview
‘At four o’clock in the morning, when Louis de Bernières has lines of poetry repeating in his head which won’t stop gnawing away, he writes them down.‘
Pounding a Nail
‘It wasn't his first radio interview—he'd done a few in New York the previous year—but certainly among his earliest.’