‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’

Whether it’s the closely observed ecology of married life or the violent acts of criminals operating from afar, Granta 114: Aliens draws into focus one of the most pressing issues of our time: Who do we call outsiders?

Granta’s new issue contains some good reading. There’s South African author Mark Gevisser who writes of five decades of friendship between two gay men who live out their secret lives in a counter-cultural, apartheid-era Johannesburg. Also included is “They Always Come In the Night” by Ethiopia-born Dinaw Mengestu, reporting on a war in Congo managed by exiles in France. And then there is an extract from Binyavanga Wainaina’s forthcoming memoir, “One Day I Will Write About this Place,” in which he recalls losing sight of himself in rural Kenya on a part-time job convincing farmers to grow cotton crops again:

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