Things can only get better, right? This 28th edition of Page One is, loosely, about the difficulty of making that happen. Drifting East from Thomas More’s New World Utopia, we visit Germany, Russia and China to catch a glimpse of some of the 20th century’s great social experiments. In the middle of this edition, Charles Adrian relates a brief but affecting anecdote of a journey on the Chinatown bus from New York to Boston back in the early days of the ipod.
Another book by John Le Carré, Call For The Dead, is discussed in Page One 60.
This episode was recorded at the Wilton Way Café for London Fields Radio, which you can find out more about here.
You can listen to this episode on Mixcloud here.
Episode released: 26th March, 2013.
Utopia by Thomas More (trans. Paul Turner)
The Lousier War by W.A. Tucker
The Spy Who Came In From The Cold by John Le Carré
One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich by Solzhenitsyn (trans. Gillon Aitken)
Grass Soup by Zhang Xianliang (trans. Martha Avery)