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Abdelkader Benali2015092920150930 (R4)The Moroccan-Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali on bookshops as a source of refuge.

Five European writers visit a favourite bookshop to explore how issues preoccupying their societies are being reflected by contemporary novelists.

Today, the Moroccan-Dutch writer Abdelkader Benali reflects on how bookshops can offer refuge to those fleeing their home countries.

Alba Arikha2015100120151002 (R4)The Franco-American writer on immigration and an identity crisis in French fiction.

Five European writers visit a favourite bookshop to explore how issues preoccupying their societies are being reflected by contemporary novelists.

Today, the Franco-American writer Alba Arikha reflects on whether long-term immigration is causing an identity crisis in her country's contemporary fiction.

Producer: Beaty Rubens.

David Wagner2015093020151001 (R4)Five European writers visit a favourite bookshop to explore how issues preoccupying their societies are being reflected by contemporary novelists.

Today, David Wagner uncovers whether German literature still shows any sign of an East-West divide, a quarter of a century after the reunification of his home country.

David Wagner asks whether German literature still shows any signs of an east-west divide.

Dorthe Nors2015092820150929 (R4)Five European writers visit a favourite bookshop to explore how issues preoccupying their societies are being reflected by contemporary novelists.

Today, Dorthe Nors investigates whether today's Danish fiction reflects the identity of those living outside the capital, Copenhagen.

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Elif Shafak2015100220151003 (R4)Five European writers visit a favourite bookshop to explore how issues preoccupying their societies are being reflected by contemporary novelists.

Today, Elif Shafak visits a bookstore in Istanbul to understand whether modern Turkey can be experienced through its shelves.

Elif Shafak visits an Istanbul bookshop to see if modern Turkey is present on its shelves.