The Syrian regime is accused of using cluster bombs against rebels. Next, American CEOs are urging their employees to vote against Barack Obama. And an Australian publishing company gets Twitter users to describe books in 10 words.
South Korea said Monday it was lifting its ban on the Korean translation of the 18th-century erotic novel “The 120 Days of Sodom” by French aristocrat the Marquis de Sade, reversing an earlier decision to censor it for “extreme obscenity.”
She is a literary icon, an outspoken writer and a Nobel Prize winner. At 81, Toni Morrison is one of America’s greatest authors. Her latest novel "Home" examines her country’s segregationist past. Eve Jackson speaks to the literary grande dame.
In our literature review, Clément Massé tells us about Hoda Barakat's new novel, "The Kingdom of the Earth". The Lebanese writer tells the life of a small Maronite community in Mount Lebanon at the beginning fo the 20th century until the 1975-1990 civil war. We also take a look at Abdellah Taïa's new novel "Unfaithful" (Infidèles), in which the author once again makes a brilliant attempt at challenging taboos in Moroccan society.
As JK Rowling's new book hits the shelves, we ask whether she can she work her magic into the adult world. Also on the show: after blowing us away with his last film, award-winning Romanian director Cristian Mungiu takes us to a remote monastery in a tragic tale of religious and romantic conflict. He joins us along with one of the stars of "Beyond the Hills", Cristina Flutur.
In today's book review, Clément Massé tell us about "The Autobiography of Mark Twain" and why it has just come out here in France, over 100 years after Twain's death. Clément also tells us about two books by the late Italian writer Goliarda Sapienza.
French director Luc Besson's dream of creating a Hollywood in France comes true - we take a look. Next, the poetic Icelandic author Audur Ava Olafsdottir joins us in the studio. And we catch up with singer-songwriter Cat Power, who has just released an upbeat new album.
The bestselling author of the famous Harry Potter series, JK Rowling, released her first book for adults on Thursday, a black comedy tale of small-town life partly inspired by her youth entitled "The Casual Vacancy".