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Granta 110: Sex

Sex is our oldest obsession. For as long as we’ve been doing it, it has been used as a mark of decline and a measure of progress. It has been at the centre of rituals and responsible for revolutions. We make money from it, hide behind it, prohibit and promote it. It relaxes us, revolts us, hurts us and helps us. But whatever we think about it, however we do it, it defines us. (Watch John Freeman’s video-introduction to the issue.)


In the Issue

Roberto Bolaño The Redhead
Emmanuel Carrère This is For You
Anne Carson Hang It Up
Brian Chikwava The Fig Tree and the Wasp
Marie Darrieussecq Rousseau and the Pussycat
Mark Doty The Unwriteable
Jennifer Egan The Gold Cure
Adam Foulds The Rules are the Rules
David Kirby Psychodynamic Electrohelmet
Natsuo Kirino Tokyo Island
Victor LaValle Long Distance
Rebecca Lenkiewicz Roseland
James Lord My Queer War
Tom McCarthy The Spa
Herta Müller Zeppelin
Chris Offutt The Blue Zoo
Carl Phillips Undo It
Michael Symmons Roberts Silence
Rupert Thomson Park Life
C. K. Williams Bianca Burning
Jeanette Winterson The Agony of Intimacy


Jo Broughton Empty Porn Sets
Dave Eggers Four Animals Contemplating Sex
Yann Faucher Body

Illustration © Owen Freeman

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The Pretty Women of Paris: excerpts from a directory of courtesans for the visiting English gentleman. In ‘Lunch With the Surgeon’, Kapka Kassabova muses on perfection and hand-made beauty; you can also read the winning entries to our erotic writing competition.

‘Physics and Bonkology’, memoir by Janice Galloway.
‘Problems for Adam and Eve’: Jo McMillan visits a Chinese sex shop

Natasha Wimmer on translating Roberto Bolaño’s sex scenes

Patrick Ryan remembers meeting Lord on holiday in the South of France, and Ted Hodgkinson looks at Lord’s life in ‘A Plausible Portrait’

Emily Greenhouse speaks to Yann Faucher, with photographs not featured in the magazine; read also Ollie Brock’s Interview with Jo Broughton, including scans from her journal. A. M. Homes responds to Broughton’s work in ‘After Hours’

Victor LaValle reads his essay ‘Long Distance’, on having sex in a new body