Granta 138: Journeys

Granta 138: Journeys

Winter 2017

What are the ethics of writing about a place you visit only briefly and view as an outsider? With Granta’s long tradition of travel writing in mind, we ask some of the world’s best writers: is travel writing dead?

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From the Left Bank of the Flu

Misumi Kubo

Talking Italish

Antonio Melechi

Three Poems

Karen McCarthy Woolf

Amit Chaudhuri | First Sentence

Amit Chaudhuri

The Tamarind is Always Sour

Keane Shum

Three Poems

Kim Kyung Ju

Microtravel: Home and Away

Vahni Capildeo


John Kinsella


Nuala O’Connor

Eli Goldstone | Five Things Right Now

Eli Goldstone

Strange Heart Beating

Eli Goldstone

Two Poems

Zeyar Lynn

Terra Nova

Robert Moor

Last Days on Corfu

Amelia Gray

The Land In Winter

Madeleine Thien

Things I Didn’t Know

Wiam El-Tamami

Mars is a Stupid Planet

Matthew Rohrer

I come from a place on your bucket list

Deepti Kapoor

Elif Batuman | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Elif Batuman

The Bonds of Trauma

Daniel Magariel

Sarah Gerard | Five Things Right Now

Sarah Gerard

Sick of Steel

Gus Palmer & Emilie Harley


Jeff VanderMeer

Morwari Zafar | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Morwari Zafar

The Back Way and the Way Back

Will Boast

Sara Wheeler | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Sara Wheeler

Sana Krasikov and Viv Groskop In Conversation

Sana Krasikov & Viv Groskop

Fourth Person Singular

Nuar Alsadir

Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead

Olga Tokarczuk

Letters to Donald Trump

Various Contributors

Exit West

Mohsin Hamid

Forbidden Games

Tia Wallman

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

Qualitative Leaps

Sana Krasikov

Wendell Steavenson | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Wendell Steavenson

Sana Krasikov | Five Things Right Now

Sana Krasikov

The Secular World

Nadeem Aslam

Better Protect America

Padma Viswanathan

Diane Williams In Conversation | Podcast

Diane Williams & Luke Neima

Olivia Laing | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Olivia Laing

On Stage


The Book of the Dead

Orikuchi Shinobu

The Colonel’s New Life

Charlotte Eagar

Chanel Nº 5

Victor Lodato

Karan Mahajan | Is Travel Writing Dead?

Karan Mahajan

Since Everything Was Suddening Into A Hurricane

Binyavanga Wainaina

Crossing Borders

Carys Davies

Hilditch & Key

Carl Shuker