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Owen Freeman | Interview

Owen Freeman & Daniela Silva

‘As illustrators, our first and last service is to bring the readers’ eyes to the author’s work.’

Justin Torres | Interview

Justin Torres & Jennifer de Leon

‘I wanted to write a book about a family so complicated, so in love, and so flawed, that folks would resist easy categories.’

Karen Russell | Interview

Karen Russell & Patrick Ryan

‘I think it’s impossible to draw a hard and fast line between reality and fantasy.’

Julie Otsuka | Interview

Julie Otsuka & Patrick Ryan

‘Using the ‘we’ voice allowed me to tell a much larger story than I would have been able to tell otherwise.’

Patrick deWitt | Interview

Patrick deWitt & Ted Hodgkinson

‘The question of whether or not I’m addressing America in my writing only comes up with people outside of America.’

Wiam El-Tamami | Interview

Wiam El-Tamami & Ted Hodgkinson

‘So you see, translators tread a tricky tightrope between capturing the full implications of the Arabic while creating an English text that flows smoothly and doesn’t sound overwrought, dated, or downright melodramatic.’

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!’

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.’

Patrick deWitt | Interview

Patrick deWitt & Ted Hodgkinson

‘Names are always hard to come by for me, which can be maddening, because it’s an ever-looming question mark when I’m trying to bring a character into focus. And oftentimes it’s the name that solidifies someone in my mind.’

Samantha Smith | Interview

Samantha Smith & Ted Hodgkinson

‘To write this memoir, I’ve had to open old wounds and go back to them again and again.’

John Burnside | Interview

John Burnside & Rachael Allen

‘Marx said the forest only echoes back what you shout into it – and this is very often true, perhaps more often than not, but I think the poet’s task is to suggest that it needn’t be.’

Edwidge Danticat | Interview

Edwidge Danticat & Ellah Allfrey

‘I am a writer who is shaped by everything that I have experienced and loved, including Haiti.’

Emily Berry | Interview

Emily Berry & Rachael Allen

‘I’m not even very comfortable being defined as a female poet. You never hear about ‘male poets’.’

Paolo Zaninoni | Interview

Paolo Zaninoni & John Freeman

‘After almost three years of economic recession and youth unemployment estimated at around twenty per cent, it is fair to say that Italian attitudes towards work have become more serious.’

Taiye Selasi | Interview

Yuka Igarashi & Taiye Selasi

‘I was rather surprised to discover that I’d painted such a devastating portrait.’

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.’

Jaime Karnes | Interview

Jaime Karnes & Ollie Brock

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

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.’

Kevin Brockmeier | Interview

Kevin Brockmeier & Yuka Igarashi

‘The great big real world of sensations and objects and other people’s minds is already deeply strange, but sometimes it takes a change of perspective for us to see it clearly.’

Madison Smartt Bell | Interview

Madison Smartt Bell & Ollie Brock

‘A lot of my stories are like lint in your pocket.’

Jennifer Egan | Interview

Jennifer Egan & Yuka Igarashi

‘It wasn’t an experiment so much as a response to the need to find a way to embody the oddly shaped story I wanted to tell.’

Ann Patchett | Interview

Ann Patchett & Patrick Ryan

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

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.’

Philip Oltermann | Interview

Philip Oltermann & Ollie Brock

Philip Oltermann spoke to Ollie Brock for the Granta Podcast about English bathrooms and German car engines, and how his experience as an outsider became the nexus of his forthcoming book.

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.’

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.’

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.’

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.’

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.’

Rose Tremain | Interview

Rose Tremain & Ollie Brock

‘I think, on a desert island, what I’d really appreciate are long books: books as day-by-day companions, to combat loneliness and fear.’

Kseniya Melnik | Interview

Ollie Brock & Kseniya Melnik

‘I wanted to write a story about the levels of pain, the ways people describe and explain sickness, and to what lengths they go to find a cure.’

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.’

Daniyal Mueenuddin | Interview

Daniyal Mueenuddin

‘Great translations are much rarer than great works of fiction or poetry.’

The National Language

Uzma Aslam Khan & Aamer Hussein

‘It gives me two languages to play with in my writing. It also gives me two languages to love and curse in.’