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Granta 109: Work
Friday 26 February 2010
This number of Granta will repay a little effort with a rich reward of memorable pieces about jobs that stretch the meaning of "work" beyond all usual boundaries.
Reporting from Rwanda, Martin Kimani finds that the genocidal killers of 1994 enlist a "language of labour" to excuse their butchery.
In a peach of a piece, very moving and beautifully crafted, Aminatta Forna pays homage to war-ravaged Sierra Leone's only private vet as he cares for street dogs against all odds.
Less traumatically, Steven Hall meets new-wave robots and tries to read their "minds", Daniel Alarcón enjoyably hangs out with the publishing pirates of book-mad Lima, Colum McCann recalls the gritty but literate 1970s Dublin of his pressman dad - and Salman Rushdie, in a skittish riposte to honest toil, salutes the great sloths of literature from Hamlet to Bartleby and Oblomov.
Arts & Ents blogs
Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch 'first sexy Holmes', says Mark Gatiss
Too upsetting? Academy members voted for Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave 'without watching it'
Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it
Jessica Alba interview: From Hollywood superwoman to household product CEO
Captain Phillips actor Barkhad Abdi struggles financially despite Oscar nomination
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
- 1 To those who can’t see the point of International Women’s Day: you are the very reason it exists
- 2 International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that show why it is still so important
- 3 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 4 Orgasm machine to deliver climax at the push of a button
- 5 Liam Neeson turned down James Bond role because late wife Natasha Richardson said she wouldn't marry him if he took it