The Russian-born writer whose influence is most evident in her adopted home of the USA.
Neuropsychologist Paul Broks looks at the idea of leading a good life by being selfish.
Lisa Dwan takes a trilogy of Samuel Beckett plays to the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Robert McCrum explores Samuel Beckett’s literary career through rare recordings.
Mark Lawson talks to Chinua Achebe for Radio 4’s Front Row. First broadcast in June 2007.
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Elif Shafak talks to Joan Bakewell about the influence of Sufism on her writing.
Elif Shafak visits an Istanbul bookshop to see if modern Turkey is present on its shelves.
Elif Shafak discusses her novel 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in this Strange World.
The author describes how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected her creative process
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the great Portuguese poet and his many literary personas.
Kazuo Ishiguro, Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, talks about Never Let Me Go
Lisa Dwan, renowned performer of works by Samuel Beckett, on Beckett, Dante and exile.
Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of Kahlil Gibran with Matthew Parris.
Philip Ball tells the story of Ramon Llull, the medieval prophet of computer science.
Business guru Sir Gerry Robinson chooses playwright Samuel Beckett.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the playwright and novelist, author of Waiting for Godot
John Tusa talks to playwright Tom Stoppard about his life and work.
The Turkish novelist's new work is part of an anthology that won't be printed until 2114
James Naughtie and readers meet Chinese author Xiaolu Guo.
Algerian writer Yasmina Khadra, now living in France, reflects on personal identity.