30 Oct 2016

The New Torchlight List - Asia and the Middle East

From Sunday Morning, 8:40 am on 30 October 2016

This chapter of The New Torchlight List takes in a big geographical area and a variety of cultures.

Orhan Pamuk

Orhan Pamuk Photo: Supplied

In this episode, Jim discusses the work of writers in Japan, India, Turkey Iran, Israel and Saudi Arabia.

He recommends Snow, by Turkish Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk "which lays bare the murderous intensity behind Turkey's divisions, but also it's a great read".

Robert Lacey's Inside the Kingdom opened his eyes to the culture of Saudi Arabia and Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance reveals the caste system "in all its brutality".