Ishiguro’s AI and Grendel’s Mother
This week, Thea Lenarduzzi and Lucy Dallas are joined by Edmund Gordon to review 'Klara and the Sun', Kazuo Ishiguro’s surprisingly hopeful new novel about an Artificial Friend; the world’s first poem about Superman (perhaps) was written by Vladimir Nabokov in 1942 but not published until now, in this week’s TLS – we discuss; and the medievalist Hetta Howes reviews two new translations of 'Beowulf', taking us back to the rich and troubling ambiguities of the original.
Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro
“The Man of To-morrow’s Lament”, a poem by Vladimir Nabokov, with commentary by Andrei Babikov
Beowulf: A new translation by Maria Dahvana Headley
Beowulf: In blank verse by Richard Hamer
Producer: Ben Mitchell
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