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A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk

Maureen Freely

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

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.’

A.M. Homes | Interview

A.M. Homes & Yuka Igarashi

‘I don’t want to make suffering a positive (or negative); I very much want to acknowledge it without judgment.’

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.’

Adam Thirlwell | Podcast

Adam Thirlwell & Yuka Igarashi

Adam Thirlwell speaks to Granta’s Yuka Igarashi about sex, history, translation, using tempo in novels and how his writing has evolved over the past decade.

Al Alvarez | Interview

Al Alvarez & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I think anything is good for you that makes you laugh.’

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.’

Andre Dubus III | Interview

Andre Dubus III & Catherine Tung

‘Everybody gets an imagination at birth, and I truly believe that deep down, we all have an intimate knowledge of the other.’

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.’

Andrew O’Hagan | Interview

Andrew O’Hagan & Patrick Ryan

‘I do think it’s arrogant of human beings to take it for granted that only we have superior consciousness.’

Andrew O’Hagan | Interview

Andrew O’Hagan & Patrick Ryan

‘A lot of journalism was in danger of becoming ‘celebrity writing’, in the sense that the writer and his conscience could become the story.’

Ann Patchett | Interview

Ann Patchett & Patrick Ryan

‘I grew up in an environment where there was nothing weird about limitless friendship.’

Anne Rowe | Interview

Anne Rowe

‘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.’

Anthony Doerr | Interview

Anthony Doerr & Patrick Ryan

‘The natural world is full of records and erasures.’

Anthony Shadid | Interview

Anthony Shadid & Ted Hodgkinson

‘It’s very difficult to say what kind of Iraq is going to emerge from this trauma. I think we have to wait a generation.’

Anushka Jasraj | Interview

Anushka Jasraj

‘I’ve never really had any readership, apart from fellow writers who have been forced to read my stories in writing workshops.’

Bani Abidi | Interview

Bani Abidi & Saskia Vogel

‘I prefer to engage with things I may or may not find important at my own discretion, and feel a bit throttled by the world’s anxious curiosity about Pakistan.’

Ben Lerner | Interview

Ben Lerner & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I have no memory of intending to write a novel.’

Ben Okri | Interview

Ben Okri & Saskia Vogel

‘Whenever we use the word beauty or we feel it, it comes from a sense of something indefinable.’

Bilal Tanweer | Interview

Bilal Tanweer & Ollie Brock

‘In my writing, the voice is the primary concern for me, and most of the time I construct everything else from it.’

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.’

Brad Watson | Interview

Brad Watson & Patrick Ryan

‘This story did emerge from the single image of the mother, angry, vacuuming while her three boys watched television, a little dumbfounded and afraid. That’s a memory from my childhood that’s always stuck with me.’

Bruce Chatwin | Interview

Bruce Chatwin & Michael Ignatieff

‘We have everything here, but I always wish I was somewhere else. It's a condition that makes one very difficult to live with.’

Carlos Yushimito and Santiago Roncagliolo In Conversation

Carlos Yushimito & Santiago Roncagliolo

‘We shouldn’t just study people through their archives, but also by being witness to their dreams.’

Catherine Chung | Interview

Catherine Chung & Ollie Brock

‘I think my interest in mathematics was that of a writer: I was always trying to translate it back into a story.’

Catherine Chung | Interview

Catherine Chung & Patrick Ryan

‘I think that my appreciation of what’s considered beautiful or elegant in math definitely carried over into what I appreciate in other fields as well. ’

Charles Simic | Interview

Charles Simic & Rachael Allen

Charles Simic is one of today's most prolific poets. He speaks with poetry editor Rachael Allen about poetic movements, simple dishes and tragicomedy.

Charlotte Roche | Interview

Charlotte Roche & Philip Oltermann

‘I love that image. Me flying over Germany, throwing sex bombs into people’s minds.’

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.’

Chloe Aridjis | Interview

Chloe Aridjis & Ted Hodgkinson

‘What really struck me was the way the Suffragettes were pathologized, and the way women who took a political stance were deemed ‘hysterical’ in some way.’

Chris Dennis | Interview

Chris Dennis & Ellah Allfrey

‘A story is a dream, and no matter how fantastic the dream is, it’s still constructed from reality.’

Dan Rhodes | Interview

Dan Rhodes & Ted Hodgkinson

‘My work tends to be about people who struggle to understand what’s going on around them. I can’t think why that would be.’

Daniel Alarcón | Interview

Daniel Alarcón & Helen Gordon

‘The strangest parts of a story are not necessarily the fictional elements.’

Daniel Alarcón | Interview

Daniel Alarcón & John Freeman

‘Granta editor John Freeman interviews Daniel Alarcón about book piracy in Peru.’