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Nicole Krauss In Conversation

Nicole Krauss

‘The ancient stories we tell, as beautiful as they may be, also serve to shape our conventions about who we think we are or should be’

Zoë Meager | Interview

Zoë Meager

‘I haven’t written much local stuff, because I guess I’ve been more interested in the meeting of (potential) worlds.’

Michael Mendis | Interview

Michael Mendis

‘Mostly, writing is part of my process of understanding the world.’

Sharon Millar | Interview

Sharon Millar

‘Writing allows me to go below the surface and pull up the things that can’t be articulated in any other form.’

Lillian Li | Interview

Lillian Li

‘I don’t think I ever learned how to tell a story in the literal sense.’

Interview: Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh

Where did you learn to tell a story? Until adolescence I read Grimms’ Fairy Tales,...

Dina Nayeri | Interview

Dina Nayeri

‘I could shape a story before my mouth could shape the words.’

Emma Martin | Interview

Emma Martin

‘I’ve occasionally caught a kind of self-consciousness stalking me when I write about New Zealand.’

Diana McCaulay | Interview

Diana McCaulay

‘I want my writing to be grounded in the real and complex place, without nostalgia or idealization.’

Andrea Mullaney | Interview

Andrea Mullaney

‘To move past the ugly parts of history, you have to acknowledge them, on all sides, and this is what I think historical fiction can do so well: show how we got from there to here.’

Daniyal Mueenuddin | Interview

Daniyal Mueenuddin

‘Great translations are much rarer than great works of fiction or poetry.’

Elizabeth McCracken | Interview

Elizabeth McCracken

‘This week John Freeman spoke to Best Young American Novelist Elizabeth McCracken about her works-in-progress, a novel that broke up into six short stories, and her contribution to Granta’s latest issue.’

Bill Morgan | Interview

Bill Morgan

‘We’ve fallen out of the habit of writing out our lives for one another, and instead we just pick up the phone.’

Dinaw Mengestu | Interview

Dinaw Mengestu

Dinaw Mengestu talks about how he came to write ‘Big Money’, his contribution to Granta 108, his forthcoming novel, his relationship with his hometown, Chicago, and his inspiration as a writer.

Interviews of the Boys from the War

Daniel Kon

‘But you had to be on the islands to know what it was really all about.’