If you wish to visit the valley of Kashmir without being turned back, shot or kidnapped, there are two approaches. The first is by air from New Delhi, where the valley looks orderly and comprehensible in the Himalayan sunshine: a small place of lakes and rivers, orchards, patchwork fields and tin ro…
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.
This is Centerville
‘In the imagination of strangers there is a small town in America which represents not just itself but the whole country‘.
‘As many as thirty-five states in the world are thought to have the capacity (if not the wish) to build a nuclear weapon.’
‘The Amiriyeh civilian shelter is in a smart residential district about five miles to the west of Baghdad‘.