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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.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who ran away after argument with her parents
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 Gay teenager 'forced to have sex with his own mother' to 'cure' his homosexuality, campaigners in India say
- 4 Charles Kennedy 'had better judgement drunk than many sober politicians' says Ian Hislop
- 5 Fifa corruption: Qatar says investigations are racist, anti-Arab and show 'ugly face' of countries who lost 2022 World Cup bid
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: Jon Snow returns to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Touch-screen Teletubbies say hello: Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back, now with smart technology
Black Angel: Long lost Star Wars precursor to be made into crowdfunded feature film
Game of Thrones, season 5: heavy metal rockers Mastodon cameo as Wildlings in Hardhome
Environmental Photographer of the Year 2015 award: Shortlisted images go on show
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers