READ MY COUNTRY: PERU
Santiago Roncagliolo is one of Peru's rising generation of writers with novels such as Red April. He chooses the three novels he thinks would open up his country to a visitor and explains how they deepened his own understanding of his people, place and culture.
1. Alfredo Bryce Echenique: A World For Julius (Un Mundo para Julius)
2. Mario Vargas The Bad Girl (Llosa Travesuras de la nina mala)
3. José Maria Arguedas: Deep Rivers (Los ríos profundos)
Power cuts and anti-government protests errupted all over Egypt this week, adding to the misery of a country where nearly half of the 80 million citizens live below or near poverty. Understandably enough Egyptian pubishing too has been in the doldrums for years. Not any more though as a new generation of novelists is writing very personal stories about the reality of Egyptian life and - crucially - gathering young readers as they go.
Adeniyi "Niyi" Olagunju
Project 50 (17 Nations), 2010 courtesy Fred Gallery.
Using recycled pallets, painted in vibrant colours, Niyi Olagunju's works look something like 3D Mondrians. But scratch the surface and the work is very African and, when not directly lifted from specific national flags, is attributable to the artist's Nigerian cultural background - rich in a diverse and vibrant tradition of textile making. Anna meets the artist at a new exhibition of his work.
Peepli Live is a new Bollywood film breaking new grounds. It's a black comedy, inspired by true events, and has became a surprise box office success. Over the past 10 years, more than 200,000 farmers in India have committed suicide and the film satirises this serious topic. Bollywood critiic Anil Sinanan tells The Strand what's so special about Peepli Live.Film site
Treasure trove of rare American Jazz recordings
In the 1930s and 40s, sound engineer William Savory recorded hundreds of radio broadcasts featuring such greats as Benny Goodman, Count Basie (above), Billie Holiday, and Louis Armstrong. Savory released only a tiny selection and rarely played them to anyone, and - as Andrew Purcell reports - his collection became something of a holy grail for jazz connoisseurs, until now.The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
With the first Israeli-Palestinian talks in two years underway in Washington, David Grossman's latest novel could not be more timely. One of Israel's leading writers, he writes in "To the End of the Land", a moving plea for peace, told through the story of Ora, a mother who is agonising over her son's decision to re-enlist in the Israeli army; an experience sadly familiar to the author, who lost his own son Uri, to Israel's second war with Lebanon in 2006.
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