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Ghosts at Home

Episode 9 of 12

Marina Warner and leading writers look at the world of contemporary storytelling, exploring “Ghosts At Home”. From 2015.

Marina Warner looks at 'Ghosts at Home'.

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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Fri 20 Sep 2019 02:15


César Aira, Ghosts in Three Novels by César Aira. Originally written in Spanish, translated by Chris Andrews (London: Penguin, 2013)

Fanny Howe, The Middle of Nowhere (Fiction Collective Inc., US, 1985).

Lydia Davis,The Mother’, from The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis (London: Penguin Books 2014).

Alan Garner, Red Shift (1973) (New York: New York Review Books, 2013)


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