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The Strand - Monday 18th October 2010

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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 18 October 2010

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

In today's programme, novelist Salman Rushdie talks about his latest book, we travel to Georgia for the centuries old polyphonic tradition of choral music and we talk to the director Cyrus Nowrasteh about his controversial film The Stoning of Soraya M.

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  • SALMAN RUSHDIE

    SALMAN RUSHDIE

    Arguably the world's most famous living novelist, Salman Rushdie talks to Harriett Gilbert about his latest children novel Luka and the Fire of Life.

    Written for his own son Milan, it tells the story of a young boy Luka having to rescue his father Rashid.

    The novel's world is magical one, filled with all sorts of fantastical creatures, among others idle and purposeless deities from dead religions, and rats, which easily take offence.

    Quite surprisingly, it is also structured like a computer game, a platform Salman Rushdie believes has huge creative potential.

    Salman Rushdie
  • GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC MUSIC

    GEORGIAN POLYPHONIC MUSIC

    The renaissance of the Orthodox Church in Georgia following the country's independence from Moscow has led to the flowering of its centuries old polyphonic tradition of choral music - in 2001 Unesco proclaimed it a masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Not surprisingly the world started to take notice.

    Recently international practitioners and enthusiasts
    gathered in Tbilisi and Tom Esslemont was there for The Strand.

  • The Stoning of Soraya M.

    The Stoning of Soraya M.

    We talk to the director Cyrus Nowrasteh, about his controversial film, The Stoning of Soraya M.

    Based on real events, it tells the story of a woman living in an Iranian village who is accused of adultery by her husband and eventually stoned to death.

    The Stoning of Soraya M. - Iranian film calls for change
  • The Stoning of Soraya M. website

    The Stoning of Soraya M. website

    The Stoning of Soraya M.

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