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I think actually it took about three months to get to that stage. And then what came out after that — once I had no more words flowing out of me — is what turned into these stories. Hiromi Kawakami is a novelist, haiku poet, literary critic and essayist. Looking back, I never was aware of feeling that close to death, but actually if you think about it, just living every day there is a very small but definitely existing chance of death, whatever you're doing, wherever you are. In the latest Granta podcast, she reads from the piece and discusses it alongside her latest novel, 'A Tale for the Time Being', touching on haiku, feminist Buddhist nuns, memory, the idea of cultural gyres and why and how she wrote herself into her book.
And somehow that is in my DNA, and growing up mixed race, it always did feel like there was a tension there between the two halves. And I never was quite sure who I was or who I was supposed to be In the latest Granta podcast, Mark Gevisser and Jonny Steinberg discuss recent South African history, their personal relationship to Johannesburg, and their personal relationship to a divided city. His latest book, 'Dispatcher', is published by Granta. Jonny Steinberg is the author of several books about South Africa's transition to democracy.
In she was the only English-speaking Foreign Correspondent working in Rwanda when the genocide began. Her essay in the latest issue of Granta tells of her return to the country 19 years after the conflict. Here we talk about her time in Rwanda, Libya and how countries can repair in the aftermath of war. Here, Villalobos talks about parodying Mexican identity, the difficulty of translation and class struggle in Mexico. Her second novel, The Luminaries, has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Here, Granta Books editor Anne Meadows talks to Catton about opium sand gold, the ideas of the modern and the archaic, whether a good author can also be a sadist, and what it means to be a New Zealand writer today.
Wolff writes in Swedish, and her story in the issue is based in Spain. She also discusses Lorca, Dante, literary travellers and their guides and the idea of irrationality and the artistic temperament. I started to write because I felt the need to fit in, and not be an outsider I have felt bound to an outsideness and an otherness. She talks about how her gender influences her work and how she started out as a reporter.
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Deep time is dizzying and vertiginous. In the latest Granta podcast, Yuka Igarashi speaks to writer, journalist and activist Rebecca Solnit. Solnit is the author of numerous books about art, landscape, ecology and politics. Solnit discusses how her new book interweaves personal narratives about family and illness with stories about Mary Shelley and Che Guevara. We also talk about her interest in paradoxes and her momentary connection to Beyonce. Homes: The Granta Podcast, Ep. In the latest Granta podcast, Yuka Igarashi talks to A.
As a followup to an interview when May We Be Forgiven was published, they spoke about what winning the prize means to her. They also discussed family and the American Dream as themes in her book, why the Korean translation of one of her novels comes with a coupon for Dunkin Donuts, and the influence that her writing teacher Grace Paley had on her work and life. On the latest Granta podcast we hear from George Saunders. One of the finest, funniest writers of his generation, he writes stories that pulse with outsized heart, crackle with the ad-speak and eek out the human story from the lives of theme-park workers and the subjects of strange drug tests that enhance libido and eloquence.
He has also published a book of essays, The Braindead Megaphone. Anam is the author of the Bengal Trilogy, which chronicles three generations of the Haque family from the Bangladesh war of independence to the present day.
It was followed in by The Good Muslim. Here she spoke to Saskia Vogel about making a home in London and migration. Here he spoke to online editor Ted Hodgkinson about how the internet is, to his mind, disturbing the possibility of a novel with a single continuous narrative thread, writing from memory and the significance of Ian the cat in his first novel. Shamsie is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Burnt Shadows, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction and translated into more than twenty languages.
Here she talks to John Freeman about the themes of love and war in her work, moving between her native Karachi and London where she lives now, her choice to become a UK citizen and how her uncle directed the first episode of Doctor Who. His second novel, Waterline, about a former shipbuilder grieving the death of his wife in Glasgow, was published to critical acclaim in In this podcast, he spoke to Yuka Igarashi about how he evokes place and inhabits characters in his writing; the difference between his approaches to short stories and novels; and what it means to him to be part of the Best Young British Novelist list.
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Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Sunjeev Sahota. Sahota was born in Derby and currently lives in Leeds with his wife and daughter. His first novel, Ours are the Streets, was published in He is also the only Granta Best of Young Novelists who is known to be able to dunk. In this podcast with Yuka Igarashi, he discusses his time playing minor-league basketball for a team in southern Germany, and the ways in which this and his other experiences inform his work as a writer.
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Continuing a series of podcasts featuring our Best of Young British Novelists, today we bring you an interview with Joanna Kavenna. In she was awarded the Orange Prize for New Writing. Here she spoke to deputy editor Ellah Allfrey about her incurable wander-lust, genre-hopping and why Nietzsche was wrong about the ordinary man. She writes and designs computer games and is co-creator of Zombies, Run!
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Oh, the horror of losing a relative. Oh, the horror of… er… being a tiger! His story, The Dune, is about a haunted dune which sounds like a parody of a King story but that's just the kind of stuff he writes. Granta Horror is a steaming pile of wannabe-literary turds.
View 2 comments. May 13, Jonathan Briggs rated it it was ok. I was reading the "Horror" issue of high-falutin' literary journal "Granta," fruitlessly searching for anything remotely horrific, when I came to a story toward the end of the book called "The Colonel's Son" by Roberto Bolano. Bolano, some of you might know, is the latest big thing in Latin lit, the "Gabriel Garcia Marquez of our time," according to The Washington Post.
That's funny. Although Bolano died early, like T I was reading the "Horror" issue of high-falutin' literary journal "Granta," fruitlessly searching for anything remotely horrific, when I came to a story toward the end of the book called "The Colonel's Son" by Roberto Bolano. Although Bolano died early, like Tupac, he left plenty of posthumous product to crowd the shelves. In "The Colonel's Son," the narrator catches a late-nite "B-grade schlock" movie and recounts what he sees. That's the whole story: I saw this movie called "The Colonel's Son" last nite, here's how it went.
And as I read, it dawned on me: I know this movie Bolano is describing. I've seen this movie. It's not called "The Colonel's Son. But in "The Colonel's Son," he essentially wrote a screen treatment, a Wikipedia entry for an early '90s zombie sequel that he had no part in making, then he presented it as his own work. Some might call that plagiarism. Not the poindexters on the "Granta" editorial board. They read "The Colonel's Son," then leaned back, squinched their eyes shut, released a deep sigh of satisfaction, clasped hands in a circle and declared as one: "Sheer genius!
May 03, A. Dawes rated it liked it Shelves: short-stories. Outside of Will Self, I only read the fiction here. Very strong story. This is the most accessible story I've read by DeLillo. A moviegoer evolves into a stalker - well that's what he's telling us This is a creepy, atmospheric tale and one which sucks you in. Thankfully, it doesn't contain DeLillo's customary abstract violence that pervades most of his work.
An excellent story. Sounds great but it isn't the best story. Original, well-written and extremely well executed. A must read. Didn't find much else worth while but on the basis of King, Self, DeLillo and Parameswaran, I'd still recommend this, if only on the strength of their works alone.
Nov 30, Rob rated it it was ok. I've always meant to sample the delights of Granta - a literary journal of new writing - but it was only the combination of a 99p Kindle deal and an ongoing horror jag that eventually got me to try it. Much as I like the idea of what Granta promises, I can't say I'm likely to give it another go. It's not that the writing is bad - there's powerful stuff here from the likes of Will Self and Paul Auster - its just that a lot of it seemed like the kind of thing you'd get in a Sunday supplement, not I've always meant to sample the delights of Granta - a literary journal of new writing - but it was only the combination of a 99p Kindle deal and an ongoing horror jag that eventually got me to try it.
It's not that the writing is bad - there's powerful stuff here from the likes of Will Self and Paul Auster - its just that a lot of it seemed like the kind of thing you'd get in a Sunday supplement, not a collection of horror writing. I suppose the idea was to broaden out the idea of what might be defined as horror, extending it to such real-world scenarios as discovering one has contracted a serious blood disease or the death of a parent. While these have power, they needed to be anomalies to make it work; as it was I approached each new piece with trepidation: would it be an essay or would it actually have a story?
Sadly I was disappointed most of the time, leaving it to Stephen King to provide actual entertainment luckily, even on auto-pilot he has more ability to tell a story than the plodding likes of Don DeLillo. Oct 12, Jennifer Didik marked it as to-read Shelves: signed , fiction. Let's get one thing out of the way before we go any further. There is little of what most people would call "horror" here.
Granta is a magazine for really hip smart people who don't stoop to reading genre writing. So don't buy this if you want to read stories about spooks and zombies, or creepy things, etc. Unless you want to wade through a bunch of other non-horror stuff too. Okay, there is one zombie story. Caveat emptor. It's actually kind of sad that Granta feels they need to file these piec Let's get one thing out of the way before we go any further.
It's actually kind of sad that Granta feels they need to file these pieces under any sort of label since it creates an expectation that could cause one to miss the point. There are 4 or 5 really good stories here, about half the book. As always in Granta, the writing is good even when the subject matter is weak. If I miss a few it is because they were forgettable. I hate most poetry so I'll skip the poem. False Blood is a pretty good autobiographical essay by Will Self about a guy who has to have a pint of tomato sauce removed from his veins every week because of some disease he has.
Oh, he hates needles too. Your Birthday Has Come And Gone - pointless, meandering piece that had one paragraph that stretched on for eight pages. Brass by Joy Williams is a real, actual horror story, although the payoff won't come until the penultimate paragraph.
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Good stuff. The Starveling - I hated this story from the get go and I was right in the end. Overlong and with a plot hole so wide you could fly the space shuttle through it. The Mission - depressing non-fiction about Somalia. Pretty good build-up, but it turns out to be a dog bites man story, literally.
Lots of symbolism, ooooh. Nice artwork in the middle. Deng's Dogs - another depressing non-fiction? Well told and grim, but not much different than anything you would see in The Atlantic. The Infamous Bengal Ming - Now we're talkin'. This is a story told from the point of view of a tiger in a zoo. I kid you not. Sounds corny. I was pretty skeptical when I started but this turned out to be a very original fantastic horror story.
The sort of story Saki would write. The Ground Floor - Goofy. Sure they are both creepy, but I don't buy the connection. Like something you would turn in for an English final exam to show how clever you are. The Colonel's Son - You knew Granta was going to put one REAL horror story in just to show they really do get it, and it's so campy and fun to be weird and creepy, and aren't we crazy and edgy here. Zombie mayhem. Enjoy it even though you know why they threw it in.
Then, we get the Stephen King story, another Granta nod to the real genre here. A good story, not a great story. Actually, a pretty good old fashioned horror story. Unfortunately, instead of finishing on a high note there is one more clinker at the end; a tedious exposition of Alzheimer's disease that goes: "She remembers She doesn't remember There's more to it than that, of course, but the repetitive style just doesn't engage the reader at all.
Enough blather Worth reading, just don't get suckered. View 1 comment. Horror in the everyday rather than in the supernatural sense. Once I got over that, I appreicated it for what it was. The stories started out a bit slow Don Delillo and Will Self are two of my least favourite writers and halfway through I put the book down. I did eventually come back to it and was glad to see it definitely picks up towards the end.
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My favourite piece was Roberto Bolano's story, which is a must read if you get the chance. The Bengal Tiger story was very interesting, as was the Stephen King with a killer final line. I also thoroughly enjoyed many of the non-fiction stories. The final story about the mother with dementia was very sad, and a great end to a book. Nov 07, Chris rated it liked it.
A star for each story that blew me away. Even Stephen King's story is engaging though A star for each story that blew me away. Even Stephen King's story is engaging though it ends with the predictable Kingian dark-humored twist. Oh, Williams' story has a sudden twist similar to King's but much more powerful and haunting. Hall's tale creeps with dread and left me contemplating an animal's unfathomable thoughts. Parameswaran's story is actually from the perspective of a tiger which, at first,seemed to me an uncomfortable anthropomorphization.
The animal's knowable logic here quickly overrides that initial discomfort. I hope I didn't give away too much. Oct 27, sisterimapoet rated it liked it Shelves: nonfiction Not the strongest selection. I had high hopes for the theme, a personal favourite, and while I know the idea is to interpret the theme in wildly varied ways, some just fell short for me. Favourites were the Will Self which I'd already read elsewhere, but still enjoyed the second time , the Auster which has gone me desperate to read the whole from which this is an extract and the King classic, will a killer ending and the Otsuka heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time.
Nov 21, Karen Katchur rated it liked it. Overall I rated the magazine a three. I prefer to read to be entertained. The three short stories I really enjoyed I would rate a 5. Mar 14, Ellen rated it really liked it. Some of these pieces are beautiful, others slightly disturbing.
None are what I would deem horror, but they touch on it in so many different ways. Jul 21, Cameron Trost rated it it was ok. There is some fine prose in this publication, but the anthology isn't what it says it is. The only horror story was The Dune by Stephen King.
If King's tale hadn't been horror, it really would have been freaky. This is an anthology of essays and personal reflections about death and drug addiction. Horrible and poignant, yes, but horror, no. There is some good writing but too much use of the second person. If you're writing unpleasant things about yourself or people you know, admit it. Don't tell There is some fine prose in this publication, but the anthology isn't what it says it is. Don't tell the reader what he or she did! A bit on the nose, don't you think?
You keep going, skim here and there, and then close it and reach for a bottle of whisky instead. Dec 26, David Hebblethwaite rated it really liked it.
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I'm concentrating here on three pieces from the anthology; in each case, it was my first time reading the author. But Self acknowledges that disease has been one of the key metaphors he has deployed in his fiction. Perhaps the true horror of this piece comes from the thought of being betrayed by the most familiar and trusted of things.
But where is Kitch today? Ming is getting hungry and wants to see his keeper and friend. With what might seem to be a rather restricted palette, Otsuka paints vividly what has passed in the lives of the woman and her family; and what is now being lost, the little cruelties of and those caused by being able to remember the relatively distant past, and long-held routines, but not what happened a few minutes before.
Clearly another writer whom I need to read further. Apr 22, Jim rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Before I moved to the west coast almost twenty years ago, I was a very voracious and focused reader. I don't quite know what happened to me. Perhaps more time spent driving a car than using public transit. Maybe it's the climate. Maybe it's been the rise of the internet, which I sometimes feel has turned my head into mush.
Anyway, back when I was more dedicated to reading, one of the things I read regularly was Granta, the quarterly literary anthology. The appearance of each new volume was an ev Before I moved to the west coast almost twenty years ago, I was a very voracious and focused reader.
The appearance of each new volume was an event for me. It was a wonderful collection of diverse writing and introduced me to some great authors. Why I stopped reading Granta probably had something to do with all the myriad reasons why I haven't been as focused on reading books as I once was.
At the recent L. Times festival of books I was compelled to find the Granta booth, perhaps for reasons of nostalgia as much as anything. And indeed, I saw some of the older volumes on display, covers I remember vividly from over 20 years ago.
After speaking to the company representative for several minutes, I had that inescapable feeling of guilt I always get when I take up the time of someone whose job is to try to sell me something and I end up not buying anything. In the spirit of the day, I was in the mood for spending money. So I randomly selected this volume, whose subject is "Horror.
I assumed I'd take it home, attempt to read a story, then put it aside forever. Another unfinished book, no more than the souvenir of a good deed for a publisher trying to sell print books in this horrible, electronic environment. What I found instead was that I was reading one story, and then another. And then another, and another and another. And eventually I had finished the complete contents of the collection.