It was like entering another, and more nationalistic, country – like entering France, say, out of Switzerland. The moment I crossed the Red River out of Oklahoma, the nationality of Texas assaulted me almost xenophobically, and I seemed to be passing into another sensibility, another historical ex…
40 Years of Granta
From the editor’s desk
Correspondence from our archive, from Kazuo Ishiguro, Kingsley Amis, Doris Lessing, Martha Gellhorn and more.
How to Write About Africa
The late Binyavanga Wainaina's iconic satire is one of Granta's best-loved essays.
Angela Carter is best known for her adaptations of fairy tales, and ‘Cousins’ is one in her quartet of wolf stories.
The Roads of London
Nobel Prize-winning Doris Lessing on her life, lovers and landlords in 1950s London.
Dreams for Hire
Nobel Prize-winning Gabriel García Márquez’s encounters with a clairvoyant in Vienna, Barcelona and Havana.
‘The sea runs through our house – not literally, of course, but metaphorically, or perhaps emotionally.’
Perchance to Pick One’s Nose
‘Shame and regret are certainly not the same things: je ne regrette rien, like charity, can cover a multitude of sins.’