Granta 106 is a special issue devoted to new fiction and includes work by Paul Auster, Amy Bloom, Adam Thirlwell, Helen Simpson, Nicola Barker and Ha Jin.
‘In 1979, when Bill Buford introduced his first issue of Granta, a penetrating, bravura survey of American fiction, he proclaimed his efforts to be ‘a kind of energetic failure’.’
For the twenty-three days that the Israeli bombardment of Gaza persisted, I would wake up...
‘Every cupboard is old, / every glass and cup / wiped clean.’
‘The harbour at Mana was a converted mudflat, tightly elbowed and unlovely at any tide but high.’
‘Meifen had never imagined that his life could be so fragile.’
‘Useless chaos is what fiction is about.’
‘He was typing up another proposal for robots that would replace human workers in an engine factory.’
Eleanor Catton, author of the critically acclaimed, Betty Trask-award-winning debut novel, The Rehearsal, talks to Granta.
‘The thrill of Thriller was being part of something global and local at once.’
‘I think you know right away if a piece of writing is good. Does it move me? Does it have intensity? Is it beautiful?’
‘and close your eyes for a minute and suddenly / everyone you came in with has gone / and people are doing strange things in the corners.’
‘This is the end of the dragon’s story.’
‘We continued to ski. The bon vivantedness of our exchanges became increasingly coded with a double-edged worry. Would we have to spend the night in the woods?’
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