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Issue No. 1968

The gold head from the Oxus treasure

The gold head from the Oxus treasure

Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia
Until 8 January 2006
The British Museum, London

A new exhibition of art from ancient Persia will bring together treasures loaned by the National Museum and the Persepolis Museum in Iran, along with the Louvre in France.

The exhibition presents a picture of the empire that extended out from present day Iran to become one of the superpowers of the ancient world.

It includes architectural remains, inventions and luxury goods.

The artworks on display include the gold head from the Oxus treasure from the 5th century BC.

My Name is Red and Snow
Orhan Pamuk
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“Politics in a literary work are a pistol-shot in the middle of a concert, a crude affair though one impossible to ignore,” wrote the French novelist Stendhal.

Now that Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk faces charges for “publicly denigrating Turkish identity” his inclusion of this line in his novel Snow is especially poignant.

Snow takes place in the present day and follows a poet who returns from exile in Germany to Turkey. As in Pamuk’s other novels the theme is the interaction between East and West, which have come together in the city of Istanbul for centuries.

In examining why young women turn to radical Islamism Pamuk touches a raw nerve.

My Name Is Red is a murder mystery set in 16th century Istanbul. A masterpiece of story telling, it illuminates the complex interactions between East and West, art and life.

Kevin Ovenden

Eight Ways to Change the World exhibition
until 18 September,
Bargehouse, Southbank, London
Free entry

Eight new photographic essays bring to life the eight Millennium Development Goals, set by the UN in 2000.

The exhibits and an interactive installation present a more human side of the poverty debate.

The exhibition is a stark reminder of how much further the UN member states need to go to deliver the goals.

Ben Windsor

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
9pm, Friday nights, BBC2

A TV adaptation of Marxist writers Patrick Hamilton’s book The Midnight Bell: Bob’s Story. Catch it if you can, and read the book.

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Sat 17 Sep 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1968
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