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Broadcast every weekday around 10:45am on Nine to Noon.
10:45am Monday 11 to Friday 22 June 2012
Audio is posted after broadcast and will be available until midnight Friday 6 July 2012.
A ten-part reading of The Collector’s Dream by Pierre Furlan, translated by Jean Anderson and read by Peter Hayden. A story about heroes who are sometimes ridiculous, this quirky picaresque tale tells of Kiwi inventor Franklin Bodmin and his collector son Will.
A holidaying writer becomes entranced by the story of two great New Zealand eccentrics. First there is Franklin Bodmin, self-taught genius and inventor of the crinkled hairpin and the first modern carburettor, who became an entrepreneur in America, living out the dreams of success of an entire generation.
Growing up in Invercargill, in the shadow of this superhero father, Will Bodmin chooses a different path, travelling to England to become an unorthodox Jungian art therapist and one of the greatest ever collectors of documents and works of art relating to the South Pacific. Our author narrator finds himself retracing Will's search for the elusive 19th-century pamphlet that would make his collection complete. From one man's obsessive accumulation of objects emerges a quirky weaving of stories triggered by objects and letters, giving the complex portraits of an eccentric father and son.
Produced by Prue Langbein for Radio New Zealand National
Published by Victoria University Press
Pierre Furlan is the author of six books of fiction, and is also a leading literary translator, of Paul Auster, Russell Banks, Alan Duff and Elizabeth Knox, amongst many others. He was the French writer in residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington in 2004-2005, and Bluebeard's Workshop and Other Stories was published by VUP in 2007. Born in south-western France, he spent his adolescence in California and studied at UC Berkeley, before settling permanently in Paris.
Jean Anderson is Senior Lecturer in French at the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University of Wellington, and Director of the Centre for Literary Translation.
Peter Hayden has worked extensively as writer and front man on a run of nature documentaries, made with company NHNZ. His acting career includes screen roles in Illustrious Energy and The Fire-Raiser, as well as theatre work in his home base Dunedin and in Wellington where he most recently appeared in A Shortcut to Happiness by Roger Hall.
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