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01Fragments19970609

Five readings of contemporary fiction from around the world.

1 `Fragments'.

By Binjamin Wilkomirski, translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway and read by David Suchet.

The author was a tiny child when he was separated from his family and interned in a Nazi concentration camp.

He was released at around the age of ten and sent to a Swiss orphanage, where he found it very difficult to adapt to his new life.

His fragmented memories of the past kept haunting him.

02Silk19970610

Five readings of contemporary fiction from around the world.

2 `Silk'.

By Alessandro Baricco, translated from the Italian by Guido Waldman, read by Jonathan Keeble.

A French silk manufacturer falls in love with a concubine in Japan.

03The Lone Man19970611

Five readings of contemporary fiction from around the world.

3: An excerpt from `The Lone Man' by Bernardo Atxaga, translated from the Spanish by Margaret Jull Costa, read by Jamie Glover.

A reformed Basque terrorist agrees to hide two Basque activists in his hotel during the 1982 World Cup.

04Santa Evita19970612

Five readings of contemporary fiction from around the world.

4 `Santa Evita'.

By Tomas Eloy Martinez, translated from the Spanish by Helen Lane, abridged by Paul Kent, and read by John Rowe.

Already and international literary sensation, `Santa Evita' is part historical narrative, part detective story and part philosophical treatise.

When Eva Peron died of cancer at the age of 33, her demise triggered a bizarre chain of events which has never been fully understood.

05Texaco19970613

Five readings of contemporary fiction from around the world.

5: `Texaco'.

By Patrick Chamoiseau, translated from the French and Creole by Rose-Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurow, and read by Aicho Kossoko.

On the island of Martinique, the aged daughter of a freed slave recalls how her father came to be born into plantation slavery and how he learned the meaning of the word `emancipate'.