A Night in the Engadine
John Kaag, author of Hiking with Nietzsche, camps out in the mountains of the Engadine where Nietzsche wrote Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
Best Book of 1900: The Autobiography of Dr William Henry Johnson
‘Johnson is now a ghost of history; he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page, but I can’t let him disappear.’
‘In Hollin Hills, we believed our flatware could change the world.’ Jennifer Kabat on the intersection of modernist architecture and espionage.
Jennifer Kabat on the Anti-Rent War, one of the earliest moments of rural populism in the US, and something few know about outside the Catskill Mountains.
The Great Wall
‘They've been making every imaginable special case for him for all eternity, they even sing hymns in his honour’.
The Gorilla’s Apprentice
‘Real life was the thin couch he slept on at home. Real life was his mother screaming that he needed to face Real Life.’
Bucket of Eels
‘I was gazing into my empty bowl and realizing how little time it takes to eat when you’re not carrying on a conversation.’
The Best of Young British Novelists
Nadav Kander's stunning portraits of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.
‘She was both scared about what it meant – a terrible raid; everyone sensed it – and furious with herself for not planning better.’
Rules for Visiting
‘It wasn’t until the end of dinner, when my aunt started clearing and my grandmother demanded another bottle of wine, that I began to understand.’
Stuck in Trees (with Apologies to Ian Frazier)
‘On 8 January 2018, I noticed a large bunch of purple balloons in a tree near my apartment building.’
White | State of Mind
‘I was told that she was a girl, with a face as white as a crescent-moon rice cake.’ New writing from Han Kang, translated from the Korean by Deborah Smith.
from White Butterflies of Night
‘I don’t remember whether I believed that I could just / abandon one life to begin another’
On the Refugee Crisis
‘Europe, my love. You have such a long history; and oftentimes such a short memory.’
A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
I come from a place on your bucket list
Deepti Kapoor on travel, authenticity and the peculiarity of being Indian in Uganda.
Letter From Pondicherry, India
‘When I was growing up in Pondicherry, a former French colony on the south-east coast of India, I would go with my family each Sunday to the beach.‘
A Warsaw Diary
‘In Poland we read every text as allusive; every situation described - even the most remote in time and space - is immediately applied to Poland.’
Warsaw Diary (Part Two: 1983)
‘History as class struggle? As a struggle of systems? Agreed: but history is equally the struggle between culture and the mob, between humanity and bestiality.’
A Tour of Angola
‘You have to learn how to live with the check-points and to respect their customs, if you want to travel without hindrance and reach your destination alive.’
Outline For A Book
‘I have come home from Africa, jumping from a tropical roasting-pit and dropping into a snow-bank.’
‘On the flatbed lies a coffin. Atop the black box is a garland of haggard angels.’
Christmas Eve in Uganda
‘In fact, from the moment I spotted Amin, I made a point of neither accelerating nor slowing down – no turning or stopping.’
Startled In The Dark
‘Morning and dusk are by far the best times of day in Africa. The sun is scorching, but these times allow you to live.'
Ryszard Kapuściński, once the only foreign correspondent for the Polish Press Agency, on the concept of borders.
The Snow in Ghana
‘We always carry it to foreign countries, all over the world, our pride and our powerlessness.’ Translated from the Polish by William Brand.