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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.’

Richard Ford | Interview

Tim Adams & Richard Ford

‘It may be that writing fiction, imagining agencies, is my most trusted way into the unseen.’

Erin McMillan | Interview

Erin McMillan & Roy Robins

‘The other important component of the why of writing is that I’ve always been a bit of a liar.’

Nadia Shira Cohen | Interview

Nadia Shira Cohen & Michael Salu

‘What I do hope is to be able to tell people’s stories, people who might otherwise have been forgotten by society, locally and otherwise.’

Nicola Barker | Interview

Nicola Barker & Yuka Igarashi

‘I’ve always thought of myself as someone who writes outside of the dominant culture; an outsider looking in.’

John Freeman | Interview

John Freeman & Roy Robins

‘I think you know right away if a piece of writing is good. Does it move me? Does it have intensity? Is it beautiful?’

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.’

Al Alvarez | Interview

Al Alvarez & Ted Hodgkinson

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

Daniel Alarcón | Interview

Daniel Alarcón & John Freeman

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

Jaime Karnes | Interview

Jaime Karnes & Ollie Brock

‘I began telling stories as a child – a way to guarantee invitation to sleepover parties.’

Nick Papadimitriou | Interview

Nick Papadimitriou & Ted Hodgkinson

‘I found that the torrent of inner voices I habitually heard began to organise itself in relation to the landscapes I passed through, the things I saw.’

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.

Pounding a Nail

Studs Terkel

‘It wasn't his first radio interview—he'd done a few in New York the previous year—but certainly among his earliest.’

Jess Row | Interview

Jess Row & Ollie Brock

‘What I’m most drawn to in writing about this subject is the way in which very small, intimate acts of violence (not even necessarily physical violence) often serve as a microcosm or incubator for the massive, cataclysmic violence we see all around us in the world.’

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.’

David Guterson | Interview

David Guterson & John Freeman

‘Hubris, power, sex, ambition, frailty, pathos, descent, castigation: there but for the grace of gods go I, and as long as it isn’t me, great!’

Salman Rushdie | Interview

Salman Rushdie & John Freeman

‘I'm not quite the same person as the ‘me’ about whom the book is written.’

Ha Jin | Interview

Ha Jin & Helen Gordon

‘My reason for writing in English is twofold: to separate my existence from the state power of China and to preserve the integrity of my work.’

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.’

Charlotte Roche | Interview

Charlotte Roche & Philip Oltermann

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

Orhan Pamuk | Interview

Orhan Pamuk & John Freeman

‘Orhan Pamuk speaks to Granta editor John Freeman about his latest book, The Museum of Innocence.’

Tao Lin | Interview

Tao Lin & Yuka Igarashi

Yuka Igarashi talks to Tao Lin about sense of place within the novel Taipei, his online presence and abstraction and metaphor in his writing.

Theodore Solotaroff | Interview

Theodore Solotaroff & William Warner

‘People belong to literary movements which are abstractions rather than to ways of life which are concrete.’

Three Questions for Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss & Saskia Vogel

‘It’s easy to make an argument for the importance of literature in general, but almost impossible to sustain any conviction about the specific value of one’s own work.’

Elizabeth McCracken | Interview

Elizabeth McCracken

‘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.’

Han Dong | Interview

Han Dong & Philip Hand

‘Inflaming readers isn’t a good thing; I want to entice them.’

The Transcripts of Eichmann Interrogated

Jochen von Lang & Claus Sybill

‘In the early period the Jewish problem wasn't the main thing. What interested us in Austria was work and bread, freedom and an end to servitude.’

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.’

Evie Wyld | Interview

Evie Wyld & Roy Robins

‘When I was at school I found I received the same satisfaction from writing a short story that I did doing awful self-portraits – only the results were much better.’

Jim Crace | Interview

Jim Crace & Ellah Alfrey

‘I just wade in and see what happens.’

Urvashi Butalia | Interview

Urvashi Butalia & Saskia Vogel

‘Feminist movements everywhere in the world are born of the particular political and economic realities of the places where they exist.’

Rowan Ricardo Phillips | Interview

Rowan Ricardo Phillips & Ted Hodgkinson

‘Poetry’s strongest response, on the other hand, is determined, open-ended world-making, which is the work of empathy.’

Ellen Bryant Voigt | Interview

Ellen Bryant Voigt & Rachael Allen

‘I don’t think of music and narrative as being mutually exclusive – some of my poems ARE narrative, and are as ‘sound-driven’ as the lyrics.’