Granta 140: State of Mind

Granta 140: State of Mind

Summer 2017

In an age when we are finally taking mental health as seriously as physical health, this issue of Granta explores the conscious self: how it perceives, judges and lives in the world.



Cover image © Leif Podhajsky 

Online Edition

When We Fight, We Have Our Children With Us

Madeline ffitch

Kamila Shamsie In Conversation

Kamila Shamsie & Eleanor Chandler


Natalie Eilbert

Mary O’Donoghue | Notes on Craft

Mary O’Donoghue

Clown School

Nuar Alsadir

The Headless Woman

Gonçalo M. Tavares

After Ann Lauterbach

Emily Critchley

The File: Lost Then Found

A.M. Homes


Jon Fosse


Jesmyn Ward


Claire Luchette

Explain Her to Me

Lucy Scholes


Robert Coover

Among the Citizen Soldiers

Karan Mahajan

Assuming the Habits of the Day and Night

Vahni Capildeo

The Scream

Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida


Judith Scott & Joyce Wallace Scott

Davos Woman

Trisha De Borchgrave

Prozac Culture

Brian Dillon

Jillian Weise | Five Things Right Now

Jillian Weise


Kjersti Skomsvold

Two Poems

Dara Wier

Stillness | State of Mind

Eoghan Walls


Geeta Tewari

Out of the Cell

Pico Iyer


Andrew Brown

Water, Water, Everywhere

Darrell Hartman

Two Poems

Jillian Weise


Claudio Magris

Second Mother

Sinéad Gleeson

If Mother’s Happy

Kathleen McCaul Moura

Sympathy | State of Mind

Rachel Hewitt

The Fashion of Kathy Acker

Chris Kraus

Comfort Woman

Erika Krouse

Desire | State of Mind

Andrea Stuart


David Hayden

Nicole Krauss In Conversation

Nicole Krauss

Death House

Christina Hesselholdt

Possessed | State of Mind

Jules Montague

Stuck Girls

Emma Copley Eisenberg

Catherine Lacey | Five Things Right Now

Catherine Lacey

Peter Stamm on To the Back of Beyond

Peter Stamm & Luke Neima

The New Man | Devorah Baum and Josh Appignanesi in Conversation with Hisham Matar

Various Contributors

Pop-Up People

Peter Pomerantsev

The Republic of Motherhood

Liz Berry

Nothing to be afraid of | State of Mind

Anil K. Seth

Sarah Hall and Tessa Hadley In Conversation

Sarah Hall & Tessa Hadley

A Suburban Weekend

Lisa Taddeo