In the South—by this I mean any part of the earth with trees that grow up instead of sideways—it’s hard to see the climate changing. A severe windstorm here, a warm winter or a drought or a flood there, but haven’t there been severe windstorms and warm winters and droughts and floods before?…
Top Reads of 2019
Her Left Hand, The Darkness
Alison Smith on the week she spent with Ursula K. Le Guin.
Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova
This surreal tale from Haruki Murakami circles a Charlie Parker album that never existed. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.
A monastic community persists after a ‘great chaos and collapse’ in this story by the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, Olga Tokarczuk. Translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft
Two poems from Rebecca Tamás’ collection WITCH.
On High Heels and Lotus Feet
Summer Brennan on high heels, foot-binding, and our ongoing performances of gender.
John Borneman works on political anthropology in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. His book Syrian Encounters, an extract of which appeared in Granta 93, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006.More about the author →
James Hamilton-Paterson is the author of Gerontius, Seven-Tenths, Three Miles Down and Griefwork, among other books. His work has been translated into many languages. America's Boy and Playing with Water are also available from Granta Books. He lives in Italy and the Philippines.More about the author →
Thomas Keneally’s novels include The Playmaker and Schindler’s Ark, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1982. ‘My Father’s Australia’ was published in Granta 70. He lives on the coast of New South Wales.More about the author →