Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla

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Alex Clark talks to Tom Campbell and Nikesh Shukla about the challenge of writing about today's alienated young men - continuing in a tradition of such classic British novels as Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. How are this new generation of male youth, shaped by social media, lack of affordable housing and challenging employment prospects, being interpreted on the page by today's writers?

Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola was introduced to the West by T S Eliot, championed by Dylan Thomas and likened to Virginia Woolf. As his novels are reissued, Nigerian writer and blogger Chikodili Emelumadu considers the controversy his popularity abroad caused in his native Nigeria when he was first published in the 1950s and assesses the continuing literary merit of his work.

With commemorations of the First World War rippling around the globe, we turn our gaze to the place where it all began, the cultural melting pot that is Sarajevo. Continuing our series of writers' postcards from around the literary globe, Andrea Lesic from Sarajevo University, in a special recording from the Sarajevo Musuem of Literature and Theatre, gives the lowdown on Bosnian books.

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BOOKLIST

The Planner by Tom Campbell - Publisher: Bloomsbury
Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla - Publisher: Harper Collins

 

By Amos Tutuola:

The Palm-Wine Drunkard
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Pauper, Brawler and Slanderer
The Brave African Huntress
All published by Faber

 

Why is Venice Sinking? by Abdulah Sidran
Make Up by Sejla Sehabovic

 

Read the opening chapter of The Planner by Tom Campbell

The Planner: Chapter 1 by Tom Campbell

Read the opening chapter of Meatspace by Nikesh Shukla

Meatspace: Chapter 1 by Nikesh Shukla

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Role Contributor
PresenterAlex Clark
Interviewed GuestTom Campbell
Interviewed GuestNikesh Shukla
Interviewed GuestAndrea Lesic

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