‘Eating figs is different for girls.’ She says this because she is being sexy for him to pass their time: standing in a queue and over-gently, over-carefully setting her lips to the fig, destroying it in an affectionate way. The round blush and kiss of the skin, the neat, small burden in her han…
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40 Years of Granta
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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.
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Dreams for Hire
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A.L. Kennedy | First Sentence
‘I have never seen anyone eat figs in the street and feel I am unsurprised.’
Introducing Tatiana Salem Levy
Tatiana Salem Levy is introduced by previous double Best of Young British Novelist, A.L. Kennedy.
Home: Reflections for Anthony Shadid
‘I realize it is my fault: whenever I live in any country, everything turns wrong. I see it as a gift.’