Granta 122: Betrayal
Without love there can be no betrayal – love of a country, a brother, a wife, a platoon mate, a family. In this issue of Granta, Janine di Giovanni witnesses a nation, Syria, betraying its people; Karen Russell imagines a soldier inscribing the memory of a fellow soldier on his back; and Colin Robinson writes about ancient brotherly friction resurfacing in a game of paddleball. From the playgrounds of New York City to the alleyways of Damascus, here is the theatre of betrayal.
Cover image ‘Alkama #44’ by Frédéric Fontenoy.
Mohsin Hamid Don’t Fall in Love
Callan Wink One More Last Stand
Jennifer Vanderbes A Brief History of Fire
Lauren Wilkinson Safety Catch
Samantha Harvey Flowers Appear on the Earth
André Aciman Abingdon Square
Ben Marcus The Loyalty Protocol
The New Veterans Karen Russell
Janine di Giovanni Seven Days in Syria
Colin Robinson Paddleball
Poetry from John Burnside
Photo Essay: Julie by Darcy Padilla.
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Adam Foulds on Harold Pinter’s Betrayal.
Two part fiction by Lloyd Lynford based on the life of the violinist, Olga Rudge, who also the mistress of Ezra Pound.
Andrés Felipe Solano on his schizophrenic cousin’s love affair with heavy metal and whether there is a link between mental illness and music.
A new story by Brian Evenson about an ex who may never have existed.
James Lasdun on being cyber-stalked by a former student.
Happiness: a story by Andrés Neuman.
David McConnell on American honour killings.