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Today: McEwan on boycotts

yesterday morning (monday 31st), 8.40-8.42am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by martha kearney) includes an interview with • sir ian mcewan, including …

I went to Jerusalem to get the Jerusalem Prize, and that was quite a gauntlet of fire thrown down at my feet because there are very strong organisations telling one that you mustn’t have anything to do with Israel, but there are people there like the very well-known novelist David Grossman and others that I really wanted to encourage, because they represent a commutarian old-style form of an idealistic Israel that really did want to reach out to the Palestinians. And I also got to speak to some Palestinian writers, and it’s quite hard to meet Palestinian writers, because you put up feelers, you get an enthusiastic yes from an individual writer, and then two or three days later Hamas has intervened and said no you’re not to speak.”

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FR: Philip Roth dies

this evening (wednesday 23rd), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
front row (presented by john wilson) is entirely devoted to …

“The American writer Philip Roth, whose death at the age of 85 was announced today, is remembered by • Ian McEwan, • his biographer Claudia Roth Pierpont, and • American novelist Amy Bloom.
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Newshour: Ian McEwan

this afternoon (monday 1st), 2.50-2.57pm, on bbc world service radio (freeview channel 710)
newshour presented by razia iqbal ends with …

James Coomarasamy interviews novelist Ian McEwan
(0:51:13) “The best bit of Israel, which is represented in writers like Amoz Oz and David Grossman, is very much in retreat, overwhelmed by a kind of sense of panic. I have no time for Hamas. But I think in this case the Israeli Defence Force has been disproportionately violent.”
“How should intellectuals react, though, you say that the liberal Israeli authors are in retreat: how should Western writers react?”
Go there, engage: I gave a formal lecture in receiving the Jerusalem Prize, I was as strong against Hamas as against the ethnic cleansing, really, of East Jerusalem. So, engage!”
“Do you relish the fact that you have the platform to talk about these issues, or would you prefer to be a writer who simply talks about his books, his novels?”
“Probably the latter, probably I’ve already gone too far. Being misunderstood and misquoted is (you must know better than anyone) an occupational hazard, and public rows involve a great deal of “I didn’t say that, I said this”, and at some point I think, Oh I just want to get on with what I do.”

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