Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
‘Thanks to the easy wind bellying our sails, we crossed fast and sighted the island six days early.’
‘Europe awoke to a freezing post-war dawn. The winter of 1947 was the worst ever recorded.’
Fishes and Dragons
An excerpt from ‘Fishes and Dragons’ a Lithuanian literary chinoiserie that addresses the interpretation by a European of Qing dynasty culture and art.
‘I wore off my tongue / like candy’ Translated from the Catalan by Oscar Holloway.
‘In my crumbling country every day, / people spend their lives standing in lines / to buy designer sneakers.’
‘Even in a year in which Brazilians are not that excited about the competition, once the ref whistles and the match kicks off, an entire nation is frozen, hypnotised before their television screens. It’s the great truce, the great anaesthetic.’
Fred Pearce | Notes on Craft
‘For a hack like me, book-length meta-journalism is both a luxury and a challenge. I cannot hide my own views over 100,000 words, even if I want to.’
A new story from Terese Svoboda about love, money and power in the hands of an aging parent.
In the Valley of Coachella
Novelist Susan Straight and photographer Douglas McCulloh on the presidential streets of the ‘real’ Coachella
Editor and publisher Sigrid Rausing introduces Granta 144: genericlovestory.