Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Video Brookner

This mere four-minute piece (click here for the BBC Archive #OnThisDay feed) should be top of the list for any Brooknerian, not least because it is, to my knowledge, the only video of the author freely available. Anita Brookner made only rare media appearances. Buried in archives are, I know, a Channel 4 interview with Hermione Lee and a programme (in the 100 Great Paintings series) Brookner made in 1980, still only an art historian, on, I think, Delacroix.

We should be gladdened by this marvellous vouchsafement. There she is: stylish and a-swagger; trenchant in her commitment to the truth.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for unearthing this for us. Her voice sounds just as I imagined it would, and she talks such sense. Trenchant is definitely the word for her!!

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    1. Many thanks for your comment. The interviewer looks more than a little nervous.

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  2. Cpativating! Thank you! I wish there was more...

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this post. I hope you are doing well and staying safe. Neil MacGregor, the art historian and a former director of the British Museum once said in the Courtauld Reunion interview on BBC Radio 4 that he was "dazzled" by Anita Brookner's teaching in the class. Perhaps, this short interview clip gives us a glimpse of what she might have been like a teacher in her tutorial. I think that I will be like an interviewer in this clip a little bit nervous as I would know that she might refute my argument in one idiosyncratic and insightful comment. I think that her novel "Providence" really could be seen as a portrait of her as a teacher.

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Please keep up with your blog. It is an oasis for like-minded readers who admire Anita Brookner. I believe most of us are probably too introverted to start organising conferences or appreciation society of AB in real life but one never knows.

    With warmest wishes, ASD

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    1. Many thanks for your kind comments. I very much concur on the teaching scenes in Providence. I shall indeed try to continue here. It is an oasis for me too.

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