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Robert Harris, Clarice Lispector, and The Masterpieces That Never Were

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 11 October 2009

Mariella Frostrup talks to the thriller writer Robert Harris, whose latest book, Lustrum, set in Ancient Rome, is the second volume of a trilogy about the lawyer, politican and orator Cicero. Harris explains how modern and ancient politics collide, and why this novel about ancient intrigue is dedicated to Lord Mandelson.

The Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector is the subject of a recent biography; as one of her novels is published in a new translation, Mariella is joined by the biographer Benjamin Moser to discuss why she is revered as one of the greatest writers in the Portugese language.

And the masterpieces that never were; the author of a new history of literary hoaxes, Melissa Katsoulis, and the writer Kevin Jackson swap favourite tales of writers who pulled the wool over their readers' eyes.

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  • ROBERT HARRIS

    Mariella Frostrup talks to the thriller writer Robert Harris, whose latest book, Lustrum is the second volume of a trilogy about the lawyer, politican and orator Cicero.

  • Robert Harris

    Lustrum - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Hutchinson

    Imperium - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Arrow Books

    Pompeii - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Arrow Books

    Fatherland - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Arrow Books

    Archangel - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Arrow Books

    The Ghost - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Hutchinson

    Enigma - Robert Harris
    Publisher: Arrow Books

  • Clarice Lispector

    Why This World: A Biography of Clarice Lispector - Benjamin Moser
    Publisher: Haus

    The Apple In The Dark - Clarice Lispector
    Publisher: Haus

  • Literary Hoaxes

    Telling Tales: A History Of Literary Hoaxes - Melissa Katsoulis
    Publisher: Constable

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