Clive James on Dante, A Season in the Congo, Paula Milne's Cultural Exchange
Arts news. Clive James discusses his translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy, a review of A Season in the Congo starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Paula Milne's Cultural Exchange.
With Mark Lawson.
Writer and poet Clive James discusses his ambitious version of Dante's 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy. He reflects on the challenge and pleasure of translating the 14,233 lines which took him several years, while struggling with ill health which made him wonder whether he'd live to see it published.
Directed by Joe Wright and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the UK premiere of A Season in the Congo by Aimé Césaire opens on stage this week. Set in the Congo during the country's first year of independence, the play charts the life of Patrice Lumumba from his campaigning against Belgian rule, to becoming Prime Minster, to his assassination. Novelist Justin Cartwright gives his verdict.
Screenwriter Paula Milne offers her choice for Cultural Exchange - Five Easy Pieces, an influential 1970 film starring Jack Nicholson as a frustrated musician who drifts from job to job and embarks on a road trip to see his seriously ill father.
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
A Season in Congo
The UK premiere of A Season in the Congo by Aimé Césaire opens on stage this week.
Clive James' Dante: The Divine Comedy
Clive James discusses his ambitious version of Dante's 14th century epic poem.
Cultural Exchange: Paula Milne
The screenwriter chooses Five Easy Pieces.
Dante: The Divine ComedyDante: The Divine Comedy, translated by Clive James, is available now and published by Liveright.
A Season in the Congo
Role Contributor Presenter Mark Lawson Interviewed Guest Clive James Interviewed Guest Paula Milne Producer Jerome Weatherald Editor John Goudie