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Etgar Keret | Interview

Etgar Keret & Sophie Lewis

‘Usually my wife makes fun of me.’

Rattawut Lapcharoensap | Interview

Rattawut Lapcharoensap & Yuka Igarashi

‘Sometimes all a story needs is an interesting, clearly defined confusion.’

Romesh Gunesekera | Interview

Romesh Gunesekera & Ka Bradley

‘The past has never been as present as it is now in the world. But at the same time, all over the world, the determination to manipulate what we know has also never been stronger.’

Ryszard Kapuściński | Interview

Ryszard Kapuściński & Bill Buford

‘Mine is not a vocation, it's a mission.’

Granta Italy Sex | Interview

Paolo Zaninoni & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I think that the metaphor of bodily failure is a very apt one to reflect the feeling of weakness and despondency palpable today within the Italian society.’

Sam Lipsyte and Diane Cook in Conversation

Diane Cook & Sam Lipsyte

‘The bewilderment was productive, and relit a good fire under my instinct, which I didn’t have to conflate with certainty.’

Philippe Claudel | Interview

Philippe Claudel & Emily Greenhouse

‘The modern novel can’t sidestep or ignore the idea of evil on an industrial level’

A. Igoni Barrett | Interview

A. Igoni Barrett & Ted Hodgkinson

‘Fixing the rhythm of one sentence in the novel I’m working on is more vital for me than any considerations of where I’m coming from or where my work is headed.’

Patrick deWitt | Interview

Patrick deWitt & Ted Hodgkinson

‘The question of whether or not I’m addressing America in my writing only comes up with people outside of America.’

Chinelo Okparanta | Interview

Chinelo Okparanta & Yuka Igarashi

‘I wanted to be sure to approach their resistance to Nnenna’s homosexuality from a practical perspective – one of fear, rather than one of hate.’

A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk

Maureen Freely

‘How do you hold your own in such a climate?’

Ali Akbar Natiq | Interview

Ali Akbar Natiq & Ollie Brock

‘No character in my stories is an ideal person; they are mere human beings who can either be oppressors or oppressed, or sometimes both at the same time.’

Rajesh Parameswaran | Interview

Rajesh Parameswaran & Yuka Igarashi

‘I could tell you that love and violence are basic forces interwoven through all of nature and human affairs, and that’s why I mix the two.’

‘They’: Stalin’s Polish Élite

Teresa Toranska

‘You referred to a comrade as ‘Mister’. That's offensive.’

Taiye Selasi | Interview

Yuka Igarashi & Taiye Selasi

‘I was rather surprised to discover that I’d painted such a devastating portrait.’

Fiona Benson | Interview

Fiona Benson & Rachael Allen

‘I’ve always wanted to write from the gut, to write instinctively rather than cerebrally.’

David McConnell | Interview

David McConnell & Patrick Ryan

‘These were deranged acts but they were ultimately based on something that’s historically been treated as a social good, the sense of personal honour.’

The Exploding Planet of Junot Díaz

Evelyn Ch’ien

‘The world tends to give us pieces, and then in our imagination, because of our desire and because of our need, we make them whole.’

Adam Thirlwell | Interview

Adam Thirlwell & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I suppose it’s that word hyper that I was after: I was trying to find a form for a kind of hyper energy or anxiety.’

The Game of Evenings

Adolf Hoffmeister & James Joyce

For Bloomsday, James Joyce and Adolf Hoffmeister argue about a Czech translation of Finnegans Wake in a rare and intimate interview from 1930.

Peter Hobbs | Interview

Peter Hobbs & Roy Robins

‘Illness is solitary, because suffering is something you always do alone.’

Ruchir Joshi | Interview

Ruchir Joshi

Writer and filmmaker Ruchir Joshi on his essay ‘Tracing Puppa’, Calcutta and his dreams of writing for Granta.

Tim Lott | Interview

Tim Lott & Helen Gordon

‘Somehow by putting things into words you’re taking a situation that feels very out of control and creating a kind of illusion of control over it.’

Karl Ove Knausgård | Interview

Karl Ove Knausgård & Sophia Efthimiatou

‘You are in the middle of your life and you think, how did I get here?’

Zadie Smith | Interview

Zadie Smith & Ted Hodgkinson

Zadie Smith on writing tighter sentences, the ‘essential hubris’ of criticism and why novelists prefer writing in their pyjamas.

Catherine Lacey | Interview

Catherine Lacey & Louise Scothern

‘It's uncomfortable, at times, to be alive, so I see no reason why a voice in fiction shouldn't be also.’

P.D. Mallamo | Interview

P. D. Mallamo & Roy Robins

‘Writing and reading in third-person present is like a high-speed drive through Nevada at two a.m.: incredibly invigorating and somewhat dangerous.’

Moscow Women

Carola Hansson & Karin Lindén

’Yes - it’s terrifying when a woman speaks. The truth comes out, and a very real pain emerges.’

Don DeLillo | Interview

Don DeLillo & Yuka Igarashi

‘The stories are representative of one slice of mind. The novels are mind, body, day and night, and what I ate for lunch.’

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.’

Letters From Two Exit Strategists

Jacob Newberry & Vanessa Manko

‘I feel like I’ll spend a great many years unravelling whatever is being stored inside of me just now.’

Ian Teh | Interview

Ian Teh & Ted Hodgkinson

‘The pictures I take are fly-on-the-wall and open to interpretation.’

The Stone-Thrower from Eisenhuttenstadt

Max Thomas Mehr & Regine Sylvester

‘It has nothing to do with the question of the foreigners. No one in Eisenhuttenstadt wants the foreigners here.’