BBC Radio 4 Dramatises Polish Crime Thriller Entanglement
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BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a new dramatisation of Zygmunt Miłoszewski's award-winning crime thriller Entanglement. It will be split across two parts, transmitted across two Sundays at 3pm GMT on the 11th & 18th October 2015.
The book has been dramatised for radio by the popular writer and critic Mark Lawson as part of BBC Radio 4's Reading Europe series, exploring the best in contemporary literature. The dramatisation is based on a translation by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, and will be directed by Polly Thomas. After broadcast, Entanglement will be available online internationally on Radio 4's website.
Entanglement begins when a man is killed in a Warsaw monastery after a therapeutic session based on the controversial Family Constellations therapy. Bert Hellinger, who created this method claims that strangers taking part in such sessions can feel the emotions of family members whose parts they play. Did someone decide to murder Henryk Talak because their role told them to do it? Or maybe the therapist is to blame?
These are the questions that must be answered by State Prosecutor Teodor Szacki, a man suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and is bored as hell by his marriage. On the road to truth, he learns not only about semi-quackish psychology, but also about political conspiracy theories connected to a murder that took place twenty years earlier.
Zygmunt Miłoszewski is a writer and former journalist, and the author of crime novels about the prosecutor Teodor Szacki. He began his professional career as an author of courtroom reports for the newspaper Super Express. He later worked as a journalist and editor at various places. He became an expert on travelling, football and the biography of John Paul II, amongst others. He finished his career at Newsweek, a magazine with which he still collaborates as an author of feuilletons.
Entanglement became a bestseller, and won the High Calibre Award at the 5th Crime Story Festival . Readers and critics alike quickly warmed to Teodor Szacki, who is both an acerbic official and a smart prosecutor. Jerzy Pilch, whom Zygmunt Miłoszewski owes for his first publication, marvelled at the novel:
A great master has appeared in Polish literature: Zygmunt Miłoszewski - a true writer
Sources: BBC Radio 4, the Polish Cultural Institute, Culture.pl. Compiled by AZ, 9 Oct 2015.