March 13, 2013 William H. Gass' fiction has been a secret handshake among brainy readers for years. Critics universally adored The Tunnel, his 1995 opus, even though it was nearly impossible to read. With Middle C, Gass has given us another dense, suffocating novel about language and the self.
October 6, 2011 Tomas Transtromer, Swedish poet of still and solitary landscapes, is this year's winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. A private man in his work and life, Transtromer has nonetheless been one of Europe's most translated poets of the last 50 years.
September 28, 2011 With grace and compassion, French writer Emmanuel Carrere tells somber stories of loss. Lives Other Than My Own demonstrates that narrative is not just a vessel for what is considered off-limits in life. It can be a vessel for knowledge one never wished to possess.
September 8, 2011 The impact of Sept. 11 sent shock waves through every aspect of modern American life, permeating and defining the culture of a generation. Granta editor John Freeman recommends three novels that examine the attacks of that day, and the lives that were forever altered.
May 18, 2011 Philip Roth has won so many literary prizes, it sometimes seems like he'll run out of new ones. But when he was awarded the Man Booker International Prize, one of the judges was so bothered, she walked off the job.
December 16, 2010 Two things are shared in common by the five thrilling books that make up Granta editor John Freeman's list of the best debuts of 2010: A chaos that reflects dark times and an urgency to tell these mysterious stories — from East Africa, South America, Kashmir, New Jersey — with clarity and beauty.
October 12, 2010 For three decades, the novelist has been asking "What does it mean to be Jewish?" In literary London, he's been a lonely voice; in America, one all but forgotten. With his Booker Prize win for The Finkler Question, Jacobson is having his day.
October 7, 2010 Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. 'Granta' editor John Freeman says it's a "phenomenal choice" rewarding Vargas Llosa's long history of examining power and perversion.
December 18, 2009 Granta editor John Freeman picks the year's top five debuts by fiction writers. The list includes three collections of short stories and two novels. Freeman says the era of the splashy debut might be gone, but these authors demonstrate, despite their short publishing histories, that first-time writers can still make a big impression.
June 24, 2009 Nonfiction can be every bit as exhilarating and illuminating as novels. You just have to pick the right books. Here, then, are five works of history, journalism and biography that will shock, inform and delight.
January 6, 2009 In her journals, Susan Sontag exhibits the fierce intelligence that distinguishes her work — along with a vulnerability that may surprise. The result is an absorbing chronicle of emotional and intellectual self-discovery.
December 3, 2008 Nothing bridges the gap between here and there, then and now like a story. These powerful, personal books examine the exile's life and celebrate lost cities of memory.
October 21, 2008 Humorist Elizabeth McCracken explores the landscape of grief in this wrenching, clearsighted memoir of the year that follows a son's death in utero.
September 22, 2008 How do we live with the knowledge that death comes to all? Julian Barnes mixes memoir with philosophy as he zigzags briskly through the scientific, religious and emotional significance of living finite lives.