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Granta 114: Aliens

First there was the traveller; then the word was emigrants. In America, they turned into immigrants. And today - in many parts of the world - they are (we are) aliens. From somewhere else. At odds with and yet fully inside of another culture. At home nowhere.

(c-type 2011)
© Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

In the Issue

Aravind Adiga Last Man in Tower
Roberto Bolaño Beach
Chris Dennis Here is What You Do
Mark Gevisser Edenvale
Juan Felipe Herrera Half-Mexican
Robert Macfarlane Walking on the West Bank
Dinaw Mengestu They Always Come in the Night
Nami Mun The Anniversary
Philip Oltermann The B.O.G. Standard
Julie Otsuka Come, Japanese!
Ann Patchett The Mercies
Madeleine Thien James
Paul Theroux English Hours: Nothing Personal
Binyavanga Wainaina One Day I Will Write About This Place
Adam Zagajewski New Hotel Krakow


Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin Contacts
Afshin Dehkordi Inland, Iran

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Rabbit Cycling, a haunting new short story by Madison Smart Bell.
Kyoko Nakajima responds to Julie Otsuka's story ‘Come, Japanese’.

Sarah Manguso on the alientation of a chronic illness.
Leo Mellor explores the return of an elusive beast to Britian’s forests.

Madison Smartt Bell, a previous Best Young American Novelist.
Chris Dennis, whose first published story appears in this issue.
Philip Oltermann on English bathrooms and German cars.
Ann Patchett on the nuns that taught her to read.

– Artistic director Michael Salu illustrates the thought process behind this issue’s cover.

‘Contacts’ by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin, plus a special podcast on our artwork.
‘Walking on the West Bank’, from Robert Macfarlane’s essay.

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