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.
© Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
Aravind Adiga Last Man in Tower
Roberto Bolaño Beach
Chris Dennis Here is What You Do
Nami Mun The Anniversary
Julie Otsuka Come, Japanese!
Madeleine Thien James
Mark Gevisser Edenvale
Robert Macfarlane Walking on the West Bank
Dinaw Mengestu They Always Come in the Night
Philip Oltermann The B.O.G. Standard
Ann Patchett The Mercies
Paul Theroux English Hours: Nothing Personal
Binyavanga Wainaina One Day I Will Write About This Place
Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin Contacts
Afshin Dehkordi Inland, Iran
Plus poetry by Adam Zagajewski and Juan Felipe Herrera
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– 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.
We will add more web exclusives to this column over the next six weeks, as well as a small selection of articles from the print magazine.
– Free to read from the print edition:
Chaos and the three day week.
Intimacy in a Texas prison.
Exploring the hills of Ramallah.
Violence in the Congo.
Homosexuality under Apartheid.
Translated from the Spanish by Natasha Wimmer.
Japanese mail-order brides ship out.
Revisiting the student-teacher relationship.
New life in an old relationship.