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Books By Hanif Kureishi
Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award
'A wonderful novel. I doubt I will read a funnier one, or one with more heart, this year, possibly this decade.' Angela Carter, Guardian
The hero of Hanif Kureishi's first novel is Karim, a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results.
'One of the best comic novels of growing up, and one of the sharpest satires on race relations in this country that I've ever read.' Independent on Sunday
'Brilliantly funny. A fresh, anarchic and deliciously unrestrained novel.' Sunday Times
'A distinctive and talented voice, blithe, savvy, alive and kicking.' Hermione Lee, Independent
'It is the saddest night, for I am leaving and not coming back.'
Jay is leaving his partner and their two sons. As the long night before his departure unfolds he remembers the ups and downs of his relationship with Susan. In an unforgettable, and often pitiless, reflection of their time together he analyses the agonies and the joys of trying to make a life with another person.
I'm going to tell him to pick up his prayer mat and get out of my house.
When Parvez's son Ali starts clearing out his bedroom, Parvez assumes he's taking drugs and selling his possessions to pay for them. His fellow taxi drivers are triumphant: they knew something was wrong. Bettina, the prostitute Parvez regularly drives home, tells him what signs to look out for.
But nothing is physically different about Ali except that he is growing a beard - and praying five times a day. He condemns his father for drinking alcohol and eating bacon, and assures him that the Law of Islam will rule the world.
First published in March 1994, Hanif Kureishi's comedy of assimilation is both uproariously funny and so prescient it's barely funny at all.
One night, when I am old, sick, right out of semen, and don't need things to get any worse, I hear the noises growing louder. I am sure they are making love in Zenab's bedroom which is next to mine.
Waldo, a fêted filmmaker, is confined by old age and ill health to his London apartment. Frail and frustrated, he is cared for by his lovely younger wife, Zee. But when he suspects that Zee is beginning an affair with Eddie, 'more than an acquaintance and less than a friend for over thirty years,' Waldo is pressed to action: determined to expose the couple, he sets himself first to prove his suspicions correct - and then to enact his revenge.
Written with characteristic black humour and with an acute eye for detail, Kureishi's eagerly awaited novella will have his readers dazzled once again by a brilliant mind at work.
'No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.' - William Boyd
Comic, dark and insightful, What Happened? is Hanif Kureishi's new collection of essays and fiction. No topic is too fringe or too mainstream for this insatiable-and much-loved-author. From social media to the ancient classics, from appraisals of David Bowie to Georges Simenon to Keith Jarrett, this is the latest literary 'event' in a unique body of work that displays Kureishi's characteristic boundless curiosity and wit. What Happened? is as much about the very fact of Kureishi's catholic appetite for culture as his observations and insights themselves, and any new book in his oeuvre is a justification for celebration.
Over the course of the last 12 years, Hanif Kureishi has written short fiction. The stories are, by turns, provocative, erotic, tender, funny and charming as they deal with the complexities of relationships as well as the joys of children.
This collection contains his controversial story Weddings and Beheadings, a well as his prophetic My Son the Fanatic, which exposes the religious tensions within the muslim family unit. As with his novels and screenplays, Kureishi has his finger on the pulse of the political tensions in society and how they affect people's everyday lives.
The Black Album is the second novel by Hanif Kureishi, one of the most praised and influential writers of our times. It is set in London in 1989, the year after the second acid-fuelled 'summer of love' - also the year in which the Ayatollah Khomeini pronounced his infamous fatwa upon Salman Rushdie.
The Black Album is a portrait of a young Asian man being pulled in conflicting directions: one way by the lure of sexual and hallucinogenic hedonism, another by the austere certitudes of Islam. Shahid Hasan, a clean-cut kid from the provinces, comes to London after the death of his father. He makes his home in a Kilburn bedsit, falls in love with postmodernist college lecturer Deedee Osgood, and soon finds himself passionately embroiled in a spiritual battle between liberalism and fundamentalism.
Relatos, textos autobiográficos y ensayos de un Kureishi en plena forma: mordaz, sagaz, vibrante y provocador.
Este libro reúne un variado repertorio de piezas breves de Hanif Kureishi: relatos, textos autobiográficos y ensayos. Un buen muestrario del talento narrativo y la punzante mirada del escritor.
Entre los primeros: un hombre de negocios viaja en un avión al que se le deniega el permiso para aterrizar y la situación se complica. Un matrimonio al borde del divorcio se reta a una carrera por la calle. Una mujer paquistaní exiliada debe regresar a su país para enfrentarse a su hijo. Un hombre acompaña a una chica a la salida de una fiesta y descubre que es la hija de un amor de juventud. Y una provocadora distopía: un mundo en el que los ancianos viven más de ciento treinta años y esclavizan a los jóvenes para satisfacer sus caprichos sexuales.
En cuanto a los textos autobiográficos, van desde una evocación de la propia educación sentimental, sexual y literaria hasta la estafa que Kureishi sufrió a manos de su gestor, que le robó todos los ahorros. Y, por último, los ensayos, sobre temas que van de lo literario a lo sociopolítico: creación e imaginación; la maestría literaria de Kafka; el matrimonio en la narrativa, el cine y el teatro; el emigrante en el imaginario europeo y el problema del racismo.
En formato breve, Kureishi nos regala la misma intensidad y actitud irreverente que en sus novelas. Una miscelánea imprescindible.
Love in a Blue Time is a brilliant collection of stories by the bestselling author of The Buddha of Suburbia. This time, Hanif Kureishi's subject is the difficult, serious business of love - and hate. His stories have all the qualities of his novels: they are funny, inventive, bawdy, and aggressively contemporary. The characters that stride out of the pages of Love in a Blue Time, however damaged, deranged or despicable, are united by one thing: they are all creatures of strong desire.
'In this haunting, troubling collection of short stories, Hanif Kureishi has finally embraced the decadence that has lain in wait for him . . . A tense, desolate and consuming collection.' Observer
'The whole collection buzzes with anger and angst.' Time Out
Hate skews reality even more than love.
In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi's acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka's relationship with his father, readers will find Kureishi also exploring the topics that he continues to make new, and make his own: growing up and growing old; betrayal and loyalty; imagination and repression; marriage and fatherhood.
The collection ends with a bravura piece of very personal reportage about the conman who stole Kureishi's life savings - a man who provoked both admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.