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It's All Absolutely True

Episode 3 of 12

Marina Warner looks at the world of contemporary storytelling and considers whether “it’s all absolutely true”. From 2015.

Marina Warner considers whether “it’s all absolutely true”.

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

Marina speaks with writers as diverse as Julian Barnes, Michelle Roberts, Fanny Howe, Marlene van Niekerk, Alain Mabanckou, Lydia Davis, Edwin Frank, Elleke Boehmer, Wen-Chin Ouyang, Daniel Medin, Nadeem Aslam and Laszlo Krasznahorkai.

There are questions around the boundaries between fact and fiction which Marina believes are central to any consideration of storytelling, since readers' pleasure depends so much on trust built up between the storyteller or writer and the audience.

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

Marina was Chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and the series draws on the expertise of the International Booker judging panel, the views of the shortlisted writers, as well as other key literary talent.

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.

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15 minutes

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Sat 21 Nov 2020 19:45


Nod, by Fanny Howe, published 1998 by Sun and Moon Press.


Um Rio Chamado Tempo, Uma Casa Chamada Terra (A River Called Time), by Mia Couto, published in 2002 by Editorial Caminho. Originally written in Portuguese. English translation by David Brookshaw published 2008 by Serpent's Tail.


Háború és háború (War and War), by László Krasznahorkai, published 1999 by Magvető. Originally written in Hungarian. English translation by George Szirtes published 2006 by New Directions.


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