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Granta 116: Ten Years Later

A street vendor in Tunisia, an American marine going home and a signals operator on a North Korean fishing trawler. From the battlefields of Afganistan to the streets of Mogadishu and Toronto, these are just a few of the stories in the issue of Granta that conjure the complexity and sorrow of life since 11 September 2001.

The majority of Bangladeshi refugees remain just over the border from Libya, waiting for buses that are supposed to take them to the UNHCR camp. Instead, they will be made to walk the entire distance with all their belongings.

Taken from Nadia Shira Cohen's photo essay Flee, in the issue.

In the Issue

Nadeem Aslam Punu’s Jihad
Tahar Ben Jelloun A Tale of Two Martyrs
Janine di Giovanni In a Land of Silence
Ahmed Errachidi A Handful of Walnuts
Nuruddin Farah Crossbones
Pico Iyer The Terminal Check
Adam Johnson The Third Mate
Lawrence Joseph So Where Are We?
Nicole Krauss Stones and Artichokes
Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer Laikas I
Jynne Martin Resistance Movements Through History
Anthony Shadid The American Age, Iraq
Clive Stafford Smith An introduction to A Handful of Walnuts
Declan Walsh Jihad Redux
Elliott Woods Veterans of a Foreign War


Phil Klay Redeployment


Nadia Shira Cohen Flee

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Read a short story by debut Granta contributor Phil Klay in which marines who are part of OIF go AWOL in their heads.

A new story from Nawal El Sadaawi about a tyrannous government Minister who encounters a free-thinking woman.

Sioux author Susan Power on her great-great-grandfather Two Bear and what lessons he would draw from 9/11.

Interview with Granta contributor Anthony Shadid.

Isabel Hilton on the revolution that China wants to forget.

A poem by Wayne Miller.

A preview of Edmund Clark’s heartrending images of redacted postcards to a Guantámo Bay detainee, Omar, which feature in his book If The Light Goes Out.

V.V. Ganeshananthan on the tragic loss of Tamil life and how it compares to her grief over 9/11.

Porochista Khakpour reflects on ten years of trying to write about the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Alia Malek on moustaches and megalomaniacs.

Mary Harper on the way that 9/11 has changed the face of Somalia.

An exclusive excerpt from Granta contributor Ariel Dorfman's memoir on ‘the other 9/11’ which took place in Chile, 1973.

Dean H. King on how 9/11 had an unexpected impact on the oldest and bloodiest feud in the US, between the Hatfields and the McCoys...

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