Defining Betrayal | Granta Magazine

Defining Betrayal

Various Contributors

‘As soon as we’ve uncovered and neutralized one strain of self-deception then another is ready to take its place’

John Burnside

John Burnside lives in East Fife, Scotland, where he teaches at the University of St. Andrews. His fifth novel, The Devil’s Footprints, and a collection of poems, Gift Songs, were published by Jonathan Cape in spring 2007.

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Mohsin Hamid

Mohsin Hamid grew up in Lahore, Pakistan. He studied at Princeton under Toni Morrison and Harvard Law, and currently lives in New York City.

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Karen Russell

Karen Russell is the author of the story collection St Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and the novel Swamplandia!, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of the New York Times's Top 5 Fiction Books of 2011. Her most recent story collection is Vampires in the Lemon Grove. In 2007 she was named one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists.

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Janine di Giovanni

Janine di Giovanni is the Middle East editor of Newsweek. A war and conflict reporter for twenty-five years, she is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and was recently made an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University for her work on trauma victims. She also advises the Untied Nations Refugee Agency and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is also the author of an upcoming book on Syria: The Morning they Came For US. 

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André Aciman

André Aciman is most recently the author of Harvard Square, which is published in 2013. He is the chair of the PhD Program in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center and the director of the Writers’ Institute. ‘Abingdon Square’ is taken from a forthcoming book, Moral Tales.

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Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey was born in England in 1975. Her first novel, The Wilderness, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and won the Betty Trask Prize. Her new novel, All Is Song, was published in January 2012. She was recently named by The Culture Show as one of the 12 Best New British Novelists.

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Callan Wink

CALLAN WINK was born in Michigan in 1984 and now works as a fishing guide on the Yellowstone River in Montana. His work has been published in the New Yorker, Granta, and The Best American Short Stories. This is his first book.

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Jennifer Vanderbes

Jennifer Vanderbes is the author of three novels: Easter Island, Strangers at the Feast and the forthcoming The Secret of Pigeon Point. Her non-fiction has appeared in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and she is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center.

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Colin Robinson

Colin Robinson is the co-founder of OR Books, and previously worked for Scribner, the New Press and Verso. He has written for a range of publication including the New York Times, the Sunday Times and the Guardian, the London Review of Books and the Nation. He divides his time between New York, London and Liverpool.

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