Jekwu Anyaegbuna | Interview
‘I think it would be counterproductive for me to think too much about readers while producing a piece of fiction because the enjoyment of it varies from one person to another – and it’s impossible to satisfy everybody.’
John Barth | Interview
‘Everything we do in art is likely to turn out to be either prophecy or exorcism, whatever its other intentions.’
NoViolet Bulawayo | Interview
‘My love affair with books had turned into a marriage.’
David Godine | Interview
‘David R. Godine is a respected, adventurous, outspoken publisher and a soi-disant cultural elitist.’
Peter Carey | Interview
Peter Carey on Alexis de Tocqueville, writing fiction and the inspiration for his forthcoming novel.
Eleanor Catton | Interview
Eleanor Catton, author of the critically acclaimed, Betty Trask-award-winning debut novel, The Rehearsal, talks to Granta.
The Man from Hiroshima
‘Then the explosion stunned me momentarily. Hiroshima disappeared under a yellow cloud. No one spoke after that.’
The Exploding Planet of Junot Díaz
‘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.’
Mark Crick | Interview
Mark Crick on the DIY tips of the world’s greatest novelists, how to inhabit another writer’s voice and why there is nothing more erotic than painting.
Marcelo Ferroni | Interview
‘This is an exciting moment for Brazilian literature. We may see a batch of new, vibrant novels, really soon.’
The Game of Evenings
For Bloomsday, James Joyce and Adolf Hoffmeister argue about a Czech translation of Finnegans Wake in a rare and intimate interview from 1930.
Julian Jackson | Interview
‘I don’t have a short answer to where I am from – but perhaps that lack of ‘place’ influences my writing voice.’
Anushka Jasraj | Interview
‘I’ve never really had any readership, apart from fellow writers who have been forced to read my stories in writing workshops.’
Ruchir Joshi | Interview
Writer and filmmaker Ruchir Joshi on his essay ‘Tracing Puppa’, Calcutta and his dreams of writing for Granta.
Interviews of the Boys from the War
‘But you had to be on the islands to know what it was really all about.’
Nicole Krauss In Conversation
‘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’
Lillian Li | Interview
‘I don’t think I ever learned how to tell a story in the literal sense.’
Interview: Henry Marsh
Where did you learn to tell a story? Until adolescence I read Grimms’ Fairy Tales,...
Emma Martin | Interview
‘I’ve occasionally caught a kind of self-consciousness stalking me when I write about New Zealand.’
Diana McCaulay | Interview
‘I want my writing to be grounded in the real and complex place, without nostalgia or idealization.’
Elizabeth McCracken | Interview
‘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.’
Zoë Meager | Interview
‘I haven’t written much local stuff, because I guess I’ve been more interested in the meeting of (potential) worlds.’
Michael Mendis | Interview
‘Mostly, writing is part of my process of understanding the world.’
Dinaw Mengestu | Interview
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.
Sharon Millar | Interview
‘Writing allows me to go below the surface and pull up the things that can’t be articulated in any other form.’
Bill Morgan | Interview
‘We’ve fallen out of the habit of writing out our lives for one another, and instead we just pick up the phone.’
Daniyal Mueenuddin | Interview
‘Great translations are much rarer than great works of fiction or poetry.’
Andrea Mullaney | Interview
‘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.’
Eliza Robertson | Interview
‘I suppose if something moves me to write, I don't question it.’
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.’
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.