This issue of Granta is devoted to writing about the journeys we have to make. It contains new work by Ian McEwan, Isabel Hilton, Decca Aitkenhead and Ryszard Kapuscinski.
I am met in Yaoundé by a young Dominican missionary named Stanislaw Gurgul. He will...
‘It was in his clear moments he was troubled’.
‘Manuel Bauer has been back to see Yangdol in Dharamsala almost every year since 1995’.
‘'What's the train saying?' our fathers would say. 'Peas-and-beans, peas-and-beans, peas-and-beans?’
‘Before I left the city I paid a visit to the national museum to see another celebrated skeleton, that of the earliest hominid, the oldest human ancestor, Lucy.’
‘A bar girl in Ko Samui is employed to attract customers. Almost every bar has at least one girl, and some of the larger bars have up to twenty’.
At the turn of 1962-3, James Baldwin was regarded as a writer with the power...
‘Nirmala Chakravarty, a young and beautiful Shakta mystic from East Bengal, known to her followers as Anandamayi, first came to the city of Benares in 1928’.
‘How do you persuade a thousand dogs to walk into a fire? How do you persuade them, as it were, to commit suttee?’.
‘Coming in to land at Beijing, I always find myself thinking of the first time I came here, in 1973’.
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