People in the West are aware of the hardship and bewilderment that accompanied the political and economic transformation of central and eastern Europe after 1989. They also believe that they understand the origins of the problem. But they do not realize that the events of 1989 completely altered cen…
2023 Forward Prizes
‘I alone know a running stream
that is recovery partly and dim sweat
of a day-fever’
A poem by Rowan Evans.
‘Humour is a thread we hang onto. It punctures through the fog of guilt.’
Momtaza Mehri in conversation with Warsan Shire.
‘Something shifted in me that night. A small voice in my head said, maybe you can make a way for yourself as a poet here, too.’
Mary Jean Chan in conversation with Andrew McMillan.
Joy and Insecurity in Port-au-Prince
‘There was to be an exhibition. There were lots of pictures like his, apparently – of waiters, pastry cooks, valets, bellboys.’
An essay by Jason Allen-Paisant from Granta 159: What Do You See?
‘I have started to see that nothing is itself’
A poem by Jason Allen-Paisant from Granta 154: I’ve Been Away for a While.
Translated by Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson is a Canadian translator and writer. He lived in Czechoslovakia for ten years before he was exiled by the Communist government. He is currently working on a translation of Vaclav Havel’s play The Memorandum.More about the translator →