Granta 137: Animalia
When does a movement become a cult? How do you distinguish between a religion and a sect? In this issue we focus on faith, on the appeal of surrendering oneself to a higher power, becoming a follower. What's the difference between conviction, groupthink and madness? What is it like to grow up in a sect, or a cult?
Inside: Miriam Toews, Matilda Gustavsson, Ken Follett and Lauren Hough on growing up in sects. Emmanuel Carrere on photographer Darcy Padilla in San Francisco. Fiction from John Connell, Luke Kennard, Sam Lipsyte, Adam Thorpe and Padma Viswanathan. Plus: Aatish Taseer meets the Brahmins of Varanasi.
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Sigrid Rausing is Editor and Publisher of Granta magazine and Publisher of Granta and Portobello Books. She is the author of History, Memory and Identity in Post-Soviet Estonia: The End of a Collective Farm and Everything is Wonderful, which has been translated into four different languages.