The Strand - Tuesday 3rd November 2009

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Made in Jamaica
Described by aclaimed film director Wim Wenders as "a true masterpiece…the ultimate reference about reggae", the documentary Made in Jamiaca charts the island's musical history with contributions from many of the bigest names in reggae and dancehall including Gregory Isaacs and Elephant Man. We talk to the man behind the film, Jérôme Laperrousaz.

José Saramago
José Saramago, is the only Portuguese writer to have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was first published relatively late in life, in his 50s, and is probably best known for the novel The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. Now in his eighties his latest work, Cain, a wry retelling of another Biblical story, has caused a fresh storm in Portugal. While his just published memoirs Small Memories are discussed with Amanda Hopkinson, Director of the British Centre for Literary Translation.

Animal Farm - pt 2
The Strand continues with the second part of the serialisation of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Published in 1945, Orwell's satire captures, with bitter humour, what happens when a Communist revolution goes wrong. Read by the South African actor John Kani.

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28 minutes

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