4.19.2004

Genre material on the BBC

If you hurry, you can still catch most of the readings from the Jigs and Reels story collection by Joanne Harris, author of the Whitbread short-listed Chocolat. The stories are really quite fun and evocative. The author appears to be unabashedly a genre fan.

Also up is We by Yevgeni Zamyatin or variantly Yevgeny Ivenovitch Zamyatin [Click on "Listen to Sunday edition"], which is the predecessor to and inspiration for George Orwell's 1984 (and possibly Aldous Huxley's Brave New World). This dramatized version is certainly intriguing, so far--perhaps better than other dramatizations of the famous works it later inspired. We'll have to wait for the next installment next week. (Of course, we'll need the novel itself to observe content/quality for true comparison. Regarding three translations of We, Tannock.net writes that "I preferred the Penguin Classics version the most," which Clarence Brown translated, whereas Easton Press opted for Mirra Ginsburg's).

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