Why is Roberto Bolano so celebrated in the West?
The Chilean author Roberto Bolano died at the age of 50 in 2003. Since then his novels such as '2666' and 'The Savage Detectives' have earned him much critical acclaim across Europe and in north America. As one of his early novels, 'Nazi Literature in the Americas', is published in the UK for the first time we discuss the phenomenon that has been dubbed 'Bolanomaina' with Mexican academic and culture commentator Ilan Stavans.
Baaba Maal performs live in Copenhagen.
In Copenhagen, the closing stages of the climate change talks last weekend welcomed Senegalese singer Baaba Maal. In an interview with BBC Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur in front of over 300 climate change experts and youth delegates, the singer expressed his concerns about the environment in the developing world, and played an acoustic set. The Strand was there to record the highlights.
Bill T. Jones on Abraham Lincoln
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We talk to the celebrated American artistic director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones about bringing the story of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln to the stage. In this the bicentennial year of Lincoln's birth, some of his documented words, his contemporary's writings and speeches, and other texts are used to set up the push and pull of historical perspective in two dance extravaganza's, Serenade/The Proposition and Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray.