Granta #167

Granta #167

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Granta #167 Extraction

  • Condition: New
  • Language: English
  • 272 Pages 
  • 14.60cm x 20.96cm (5.75" x 8.25")
  • Published in London, UK
  • Spring 2024
  • Frequency: Quarterly

The latest issue is themed ‘Extraction.’ Humanity and its history seem to be defined by the raw materials people have mined, consumed, and cast aside. In this edition of Granta, the writers cover a lot of ground on mines: as the fuel for growing democracies in ancient Greece and early modern England, as contested territory in protesting resource extraction, and even on the digital plane as Bitcoin mining consumes roughly as much energy as the country of Ireland. 

Perhaps most importantly, these issues of extraction are coming to a head in this age of green energy transition. As editor Thomas Meaney puts it: ‘The chief paradox of the age is that even the movement to replace fossil fuels requires another round of mining. How to facilitate the extraction that is necessary without continuing on the path of endless accumulation?’ It is less of a resource transition and more of an ‘energy addition.’

Granta magazine and Granta Books share a remit to discover and publish the best in new literary fiction, memoir, reportage and poetry from around the world.

The magazine was founded in 1889 by students at Cambridge University as The Granta, a periodical of student politics, badinage and literary enterprise, named after the river that runs through the town. In this original incarnation it published the work of writers like A.A. Milne, Michael Frayn, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.

In 1979, Bill Buford and Pete de Bolla transformed Granta from a student publication to the literary quarterly it remains today. Each themed issue of Granta turns the attention of the world’s best writers on to one aspect of the way we live now.

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