Today marks the launch of Granta 131: The Map Is Not the Territory. This issue explores the gaps between representation and reality, with new writing by John Ashbery, Jesse Ball, Anne Carson, China Miéville, Ottessa Moshfegh, Ludmila Ulitskaya and more.
This month on granta.com:
Nilanjana S. Roy on Radhaben Garva’s Dalit paintings
Tishani Doshi and Karthika Naïr discuss mythology, dance and poetry
Tamil Pulp Fiction saves the day
A new story by Ivan Vladislavić
Alexis Okeowo reports from Lagos on the governorship election
Kalpana Narayanan writes about her father, Dr J
Sonia Faleiro interviews Leslee Udwin on the making of India’s Daughter
Amitava Kumar reflects on the changes in his hometown, Patna
Deepti Kapoor chronicles breakneck development, F1-inspired topiary and dognapping in Greater Noida
New fiction by Kuzhali Manickavel
Read every word in our latest issue and access over 1,000 works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art from our back catalogue for the special price of £12/$17 for a year.
Five Things Right Now: Sarah Hall
Granta 2013 Best of Young British Novelist Sarah Hall published her most recent novel, The Wolf Border, last month. She shares five things she’s reading, watching and thinking about right now.
1. AuroraWatch UK
Though I’m now living too far south to see the northern lights (Norwich), I still get emailed notifications from Lancaster University. There’s a colour-coded system: red (aurora likely) to green (no significant activity). Spring is a good time it’s been very exciting to get several red alerts in my inbox.
My daughter is nine months old and has been learning to swim since she was two months. It’s amazing to see her underwater holding her breath with her eyes open. It is a little disconcerting to watch her being launched into the water from the edge of the pool by the instructor, but a great lesson in water safely and in loving water.
3. The BHA
I recently joined this organisation, which is spearheading some great campaigns in education, science and charity. Enter here to hear voices of common sense, progression, equality and compassion.
To be launched soon, and described by its co-founder Andrew Kidd as ‘a new kind of digital ecosystem for literature’, this is a very exciting venture designed around readers. Watch this space.
5. Carol Lake
Carol is one of my favourite artists, and I take everyone who visits me in Norwich to 91 Upper St Giles, her studio, located in an old Grade II listed sweet shop, to see her gorgeous botanical artworks.
Granta 131: The Map Is Not the Territory
The London launch, with Janine di Giovanni and Charles Glass
The Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
5 May 2015, 7:30 p.m. | £12 | Book Now
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