‘Words can’t quite re-create the smell of war. I have found myself trying to wash it out of my hair, off my fingers. More than once, I have run water over the soles of my shoes.’
‘I am announcing that I have returned from the USA. I thank all of those who worked in the domestic resistance. Likewise I thank all of us who worked in the foreign resistance.’
‘One by one they’re led into the box. They swear their oath. They confirm their name, their employment, why they were where they say they were, what it was they saw.’
Carys Davies' new novel is a mesmerising depiction of the uncharted wilderness beyond the Mississippi River
‘It was natural that the rumors about both these people should reach me at the same time; they came from the same source, from which everything new for me came at that time.’
This is an excerpt from Painter to the King, Amy Sackville's account of the life of Diego Velázquez. Now available from Granta Books.
‘We hope that the copilot knows the terrain well. That his mask of youth conceals the face of a seasoned veteran of war. That he knows the minefields because he helped plant them.’
‘I walked along the birch-lined alleys of Yasnaya Polyana, looking for clues. Snakes were swimming in the pond, making a rippling pattern. Everything here was a museum.’
Granta editor Anne Meadows writes about Khirbet Khizeh, the great Israeli novel of war and doubt.
‘No one knows how to wait like soldiers. There is no time or place that soldiers are not waiting and waiting.’
‘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.’
An excerpt from Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry
‘I didn’t start my journal with the idea of recording my progress toward the ultimate truth.’
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