Imagination is the Instrument of Compassion

The World Trade Center collapses on 11 September, 2001 (© Wikimedia)

New York author Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” is part of a wave of what has been dubbed “post-9/11 fiction.” But some critics say not enough time has passed to write a great book relating to the event. How much time must pass before such a catastrophic event can be transformed into a work of art? Interview with the author is mixed with short excerpts from the book against a backdrop of John Adams’ “On the Transmigration of Souls” (composed for the first anniversary of 9/11 and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for music).

Produced and Presented by David Swatling. Interview by Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast 11 September, 2005