Novel RomAntics Episode #5

by Douglas Cowie on 17 June 2021

Episode #5 of Novel RomAntics, hosted by the Trans-Atlanticist Podcasts of the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, Germany is now available. You can subscribe and listen via various platforms including Apple and Spotify, or click the link below:

https://thetrans-atlanticist.podigee.io/s2e9-madeline-miller-circe

In this episode, novelist Nadifa Mohamed and I discuss What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a collection of short stories by Lesley Nneka Arimah. They discuss several of the stories, and the overlaps and differences in cultural expectations between the United States and Africa, the pressures of young womanhood, and more. Nadifa Mohamed’s latest novel, The Fortune Men, is published by Penguin, and will be available in German from September, under the titel Der Geist von Tiger Bay, published by C.H. Beck Verlag.

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Novel RomAntics Episode #4

by Douglas Cowie on 13 May 2021

Episode #4 of Novel RomAntics, hosted by the Trans-Atlanticist Podcasts of the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, Germany is now available. You can subscribe and listen via various platforms including Apple and Spotify, or click the link below:

https://thetrans-atlanticist.podigee.io/s2e9-madeline-miller-circe

In this episode, my guest, Classicist Hannah Bean, and I discuss Circe by Madeleine Miller. The novel reimagines and retells the story of one of the characters Odysseus encounters in The Odyssey of Homer, and the discussion looks both at the roots of the story, other tellings of it, and some of the specifics of how Miller imagines these roots into a contemporary novel.

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Novel RomAntics Episode #3

by Douglas Cowie on 8 April 2021

Episode #3 of Novel RomAntics, hosted by the Trans-Atlanticist Podcasts of the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, Germany is now available. You can subscribe and listen via various platforms including Apple and Spotify, or click the link below:

https://thetrans-atlanticist.podigee.io/s2e6-novel-romantics-3-kim-stanley-robinsons-the-ministry-for-the-future

In this episode, my friend and work colleague, Adam Roberts, who is a prolific and excellent science fiction writer, discuss The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson. It was a fun conversation about a novel that we both liked, but about which we both had reservations, albeit, not the same reservations.

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Novel RomAntics Episode #2

by Douglas Cowie on 12 March 2021

The second episode of NovelRomAntics, hosted by the Trans-Atlanticist Podcasts of the Amerikazentrum in Hamburg, Germany is now available. You can subscribe and listen via various platforms including Apple and Spotify, or click the link below:

https://thetrans-atlanticist.podigee.io/s2e4-novelromantics-2-colum-mccanns-apeirogon

March is Irish-American Heritage Month in the United States.  In Episode #2 of NovelROMANtics, my guest Shane Carmichael and I discuss Apeirogon by Colum McCann, an Irish storyteller living in New York. We discuss the intersection of storytelling, conflict, and global politics with respect to McCann’s multifaceted novel.

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