We talk with Victor Wooten, co-founder of the band Bela Fleck and the Flectones and author of The Spirit of Music. The book is an inspiring parable of the importance of music and the threats that it faces in today’s world.
This week: two novels exploring love, trauma and the legacies of war. Both are based on true stories from World War II.
First, Jai Chakrabarti tells us about his novel A Play for the End of the World. It centers around a play written by Rabindranath Tagore that was put on by orphans in Warsaw just before they were taken to the death camp. Then, the same play is re-staged decades later, in India, as another act of resistance against tyranny.
Then, personal trauma and collective trauma intersect with a love story. We talk with Caroline Lea about her new novel The Metal Heart. It’s set on an Orkney Island during WWII, where Italian prisoners and British islanders find conflict and common ground.
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Well, Raj Patel and Rupa Marya, welcome to Writers Voice. This was just such an amazing book to read, Inflamed: Deep Medicine And The Anatomy Of Injustice. It’s a deeply researched and profoundly radical look at the links between the human body, the body of the world, and the body politic.
I want to start out by asking what brought each of you to write the book. Let’s start with Rupa Marya. You’re a physician and an activist; what brought you to write this book? Continue reading →