Paul Bailey tells the story of Mihail Sebastian, the Romanian Jewish playwright, novelist and lover of music, a contemporary of the composers in the evening's Prom.

His poignant Journal 1935-44 charts the dark days of Romania's anti-Semitic collaboration with the Nazis.

In conversation with those who knew and wrote about him, Bailey explores Sebastian's love of people and world literature, and how he harnessed classical music to overcome the horrors of wartime Romania.

Broadcast Dates

  • 20070904 (Radio 3)
  • 20080912 (Radio 3)