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‘I was bored. That was how it started. Anything I ever did that amounted to anything–or not–has always been the result of being sick of doing something else.’
A Guide to the City of Beirut
‘In Beirut, a well reveals layer upon layer, generation after generation, of ruins.’
Means of Transport
‘Use these photos as means of transport. Ride on them. No passes needed. Go close. Imprudently close. They leave every minute.’
The Atlantic Wall
This chain of Nazi fortifications stretching from the Norwegian Arctic to France’s western frontier with Spain is one of Europe’s least acknowledged monuments.
The Emily Dickinson Series
The Emily Dickinson Series is a collection of collages by Janet Malcolm that appear in Granta 126: do you remember.
‘I saw cuts, burns, broken limbs, heart attacks, and then, what's inside the human body.’
‘Today the Oglala Lakota live in the shadow of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.’
Mordros: The Sound of the Sea
Kurt Jackson is an environmentalist, ecologist and one of Britain’s leading artists.
Halle by Day
‘Halle is the fourth largest city in the former East Germany, with a population of 340,000.‘
A Sparrow Fallen
‘a sparrow fallen; / blackness of pain shimmering / hard in soft white light’
‘Sierra Leone is a small country on the coast of West Africa of roughly the same size and population as Scotland: 28,000 square miles, about five million people’.
Pictures from the War
‘I met Thomas Kern in the lobby of the Al-Rashid Hotel in Baghdad the morning after the first bombing raid.‘
Zone of Absolute Discomfort
The icy hinterland is wretched to live in, but just hospitable enough to allow for the extraction of billions of tons of resources trapped beneath the ground.
The Best of Young British Novelists
Nadav Kander's stunning portraits of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists 2013.
‘It was an isolated incident, and there had been no official or unofficial communication about it.’
‘The viewer has to pour their own unconscious into interpreting these images, make them their own, allow themselves to be encouraged by the existence of a void.’
One Ridge Over
‘Some mornings I see him coming up through the mist. The grey shape of a long-haired man carrying a long-barreled gun amid the bare grey branches of the old apple trees.’
‘The images of the Romanian revolution – I had seen it on television in Berlin – were still vivid in my mind.’
‘Chicago was the first large American city I visited after I came to the United States from my home country, Chile.’
‘My father was up early. Everything was in place: his books in their bag; each prayer and reading marked; his shoes shined, his shirt and collar, his cassock and cope pressed.’
‘One mutual friend described it as his favourite bar. Of course the drinks are free’.
For the visual essay in Granta112: Pakistan, we collaborated with Green Cardamom – an organisation which focuses on international contemporary art viewed from an Indian Ocean perspective. With their help, we selected fourteen prominent figures from the contemporary art scene in Pakistan, and reproduced their work in the magazine.