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The See-Through House

18 May 2020 - 22 May 2020

Free

The See-Through House

BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week

Shelley Klein grew up in the Scottish Borders, in a house designed on a modernist open-plan grid; with colourful glass panels set against a forest of trees, it was like living in a work of art.

Shelley’s father, Bernat Klein, was a textile designer whose pioneering colours and textures were a major contribution to 1960s and 70s style. Thirty years on, Shelley moves back home to care for her father, now in his eighties: the house has not changed and neither has his uncompromising vision.

Shelley’s book is her father’s own story: an Orthodox Jewish childhood in Yugoslavia; his rejection of rabbinical studies to pursue a life of art; his arrival in post-war Britain and his imagining of a house filled with light and colour as interpreted by the architect Peter Womersley.

A book about the search for belonging and the pain of letting go, The See-Through House is a moving memoir of one man’s distinctive way of looking at the world, told with tenderness and humour and a daughter’s love.

Excerpts from the book are read by Barbara Flynn.

Details

Start:
18 May 2020
End:
22 May 2020
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000j785

Venue

BBC Radio 4
United Kingdom
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