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The Strand - Tuesday 7th September 2010

28 minutes
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Tuesday 07 September 2010

The best of the world's arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles.

In today's programme: The Australian author DBC Pierre's new novel, a new exhibition showcasing artist Norman Rockwell's influential work and Joseph Conrad's 1899 novel Heart of Darkness is made into a graphic novel.


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  • DBC Pierre

    Prize winning writer DBC Pierre talks about his new novel - Lights Out In Wonderland.

  • Norman Rockwell's Movie Legacy

    A new exhibition in Washington of American painter Norman Rockwell...

  • Heart of Darkness

    The Kenyan born artist who's turned Joseph Conrad's Heart Of Darkness into a comic book.

  • DBC Pierre

    DBC Pierre

    Photo © Sarah Lee.

    We talk Booker Prize -winning novelist. When Vernon God Little was published in 2003, it was widely acclaimed and went on to be translated into more than 40 languages. This week sees the publication of his third novel, Lights Out In Wonderland, a global saga highlighting the pitfalls of rampant capitalism, drawing parallels with the decline of the Roman Empire.

  • Rockwell's movie legacy

    Rockwell's movie legacy

    Photo shows Doc & Doll by Norman Rockwell (1929)
    Photo c/o AP

    The US painter Norman Rockwell captured iconic moments in cultural history through his illustrations of ordinary people. His influence is so great that it has permeated Hollywood, inspiring the movies of Frank Capra to modern day filmmakers George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington - Telling Stories - traces the connection and shows how these great storytellers used the same techniques to distil experience into memory, transforming it into myth.

  • Heart of Darkness

    Heart of Darkness

    Photo by Catherine Anyango.

    Joseph Conrad's 1899 novel Heart of Darkness is considered one of the most important in Western literature. It relates the story of Charles Marlow who takes a job as a ferry captain in Africa. His journey to the heart of the continent exposes 19th century attitudes to colonialism and also explores darkest manifestations of human nature. A hugely influential work, many artists and writers have been inspired by the novel including TS Eliot and Francis Ford Coppola. The latest manifestation of Heart of Darkness is a graphic novel. With most of the text stripped away we rely on Swedish/Kenyan artist Catherine Anyango's drawings to evoke the shadowy journey Marlow embarks on. Catherine explained to Mark how she approached this controversial story.

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