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Hanif Kureishi - Author

About the Author

Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King's College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and Something to Tell You. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and The Mother.He has also published several collections of short stories. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and been translated into thirty six languages.

Photograph © Kier Kureishi

Featured books by Hanif Kureishi

The Nothing

The Nothing

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/05/2017

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 feted 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.

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Love + Hate Stories and Essays

Love + Hate Stories and Essays

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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.

The Buddha of Suburbia Faber Modern Classics

The Buddha of Suburbia Faber Modern Classics

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/04/2015

My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost... The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is dreamy teenager Karim, 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. With the publication of Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi landed into the literary landscape as a distinct new voice and a fearless taboo-breaking writer. The novel inspired a ground-breaking BBC series featuring a soundtrack by David Bowie.

The Last Word

The Last Word

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2015

March 2015 Book of the Month. As one would expect from such a talented writer, this is an intelligent, amusing and intimate novel.  Sometimes when you look forward to something too much, you can be disappointed; therefore start with an open mind, so that you can become lost in the narrative and wander the paths of witty repartee.The two principal protagonists are difficult, damaged males bent into shape by their upbringing.  They are surrounded by loving, equally difficult females who contort and twist their lives just that little bit more.  Discover the clever, complicated characters, warts and all; as their hidden depths, secrets and weaknesses are all deftly exposed. There are real moments of wonder to be had at the author's perception and understanding of the human psyche.  At times there are fleeting moments of convoluted and difficult text, before the ready wit and story again lyrically sing from the page.Enjoy the sparring and wordplay as the entire cast battle to have the last word and feel the pain as the two writers strive to have the immortality of everlasting words.  ~ Liz Robinson   Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize 2014.

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Other books by Hanif Kureishi

My Son the Fanatic

My Son the Fanatic

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/10/2019

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.

Gabriel's Gift

Gabriel's Gift

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Gabriel is a fifteen-year-old North London schoolboy trying to come to terms with a new life, after the equilibrium of his family home has been shattered by the ousting of his father. Fending for himself, Gabriel is forced to grow up quickly. But a chance meeting with a seventies rock star crystallises the turbulent emotions inside Gabriel, and helps him to recognise and engage with his rare gift . . .

Body

Body

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/07/2017

"e;After a bit you realize there's only one invaluable commodity. Not gold or love, but time."e;How far are we willing to go to stay young? Hanif Kureishi -- acclaimed author ofThe Buddha of SuburbiaandIntimacy-- explores the possibilities in this provocative story of an older man whose brain is surgically placed in a younger man's body by a network of underground doctors.Adam is offered the chance to trade in his sagging flesh for a much younger and more pleasing model. He tells his wife and son that he is going on an extended vacation. He immediately embarks on an odyssey of hedonism, but soon finds himself regretting what he left behind and feeling guilt over the responsibilities he has ignored. Sinister forces pursue him, wanting possession of "e;his"e; body, and he soon finds himself with nowhere to turn."e;A fluent, socially observant writer whose sentences move with intelligence and wit"e;(The New York Times Book Review),Kureishi presents us with both a fantastically vivid tale and hard-hitting questions about our own relationships with our minds and bodies -- and with time that is running out.

Love in a Blue Time

Love in a Blue Time

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

This provocative collection of short stories charts the growth of a generation from the liberating irreverence of the late 1970s to the dilemmas of responsibility and fidelity of the 1990s. The stories resonate with Hanif Kureishi's dead-on observations of human passion and folly, his brilliant depiction of seedy locales and magical characters, and his original, wicked sense of humour.

The Buddha of Suburbia

The Buddha of Suburbia

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

My name is Karim Amir, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost... The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is dreamy teenager Karim, 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. With the publication of Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi landed into the literary landscape as a distinct new voice and a fearless taboo-breaking writer. The novel inspired a ground-breaking BBC series featuring a soundtrack by David Bowie.

The Black Album

The Black Album

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Shahid is a clean-cut student, trying to make an impression on his college lecturer, Deedee Osgood, who gives his spirits a lift when she takes him to a naked rave party. Shahid's academic prospects are threatened by the intervention of his gangster brother Chili, who, with his Armani suits and Gucci loafers, moves into Shahid's bedsit as a hideout, bringing unnecessary danger and excitement with him. Set in London in 1989, the year of the fall of the Berlin wall and the fatwah, The Black Album is a thriller with a characteristically lively background: raves, ecstasy, religious ferment and sexual passion in a dangerous time.

The Body and Other Stories

The Body and Other Stories

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

The Body is a dazzling collection of fiction from Hanif Kureishi, beginning with a novella that delves into the concept of identity, and its root in our physical being. Adam is a middle-aged playwright who accepts a tempting offer to have his mind transported into a younger body for six months. Youth restored, he embarks on an odyssey of physical hedonism, but must then face the dire consequences when he is loath to relinquish his new body . . .

Nothing

Nothing

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 02/05/2017

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 feted 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.

Das letzte Wort

Das letzte Wort

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 19/02/2015

Scharfzungig und irrsinnig komisch erzahlt HANIF KUREISHI, was es bedeutet, Schriftsteller zu sein.Was tun, wenn man als Schriftsteller in Vergessenheit gerat und die Ehefrau ein ernstzunehmendes Konsumproblem hat? Man schreibt seine Biographie oder lasst sie schreiben. Mamoon ist siebzig und schaut wehmutig zuruck. Er wunscht sich nichts mehr, als wieder bei Null anzufangen: als ihm die Frauen in Scharen zu Fuen lagen, jede Droge noch leicht bekommlich und das Schreiben ein Akt der Selbsterfindung war. Also nistet sich der 30-jahrige Journalist Harry in Mamoons Landhaus ein, um dort das sagenumwobene Leben des beruhmten Schriftstellers aufzuschreiben. Die Wahrheit aber ist nackt: Leidenschaft, Verzweiflung, Skandale und der ewige Kampf um das richtige Wort.

Der Buddha aus der Vorstadt

Der Buddha aus der Vorstadt

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 27/11/2014

HANIF KUREISHIS fulminanter erster RomanKarim ist jung, Karim will das Leben und nicht den kleinburgerlichen Mief der Londoner Vorstadt, wo sein indischer Vater und die britische Mutter versuchen, in die Mittelschicht aufzusteigen. Als der Vater den Burojob schmeit und als Meditationslehrer mit exzentrischer Geliebter zum BUDDHA DER VORSTADT wird, ist auch Karim zu allem bereit: Mystik, Drogen, Frauen und Manner, Hauptsache schrill und intensiv.

Le Week-end

Le Week-end

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/10/2013

In Le Weekend, a couple - married for 30 years - spend their wedding anniversary in Paris. However, the romantic city soon becomes a backdrop to their increasingly bitter disputes about the state of their marriage - and their lives.But, as they gradually become part of the rhythm of the city - its cafes and monuments - the tension that has burdened them fades as they re-discover the playfulness and anarchy of their youth.Their melancholy dissolves in a sense of delight in irresponsibility, and gives them a new lease of life

Das schwarze Album

Das schwarze Album

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 21/07/2011

Shahid, Sohn pakistanischer Immigranten, zieht zum Literaturstudium aus der Provinz nach London. Durch seine Dozentin Deedee Osgood, mit der er eine leidenschaftliche Affare beginnt, lernt er die angesagten Clubs von London kennen, in denen jedoch stets alle auer ihm Weie sind. Gleichzeitig schliet er Bekanntschaft mit Riaz, seinem charismatischen Nachbarn im Studentenheim, einem streng glaubigen Moslem, durch den er in den Bann einer Gruppe junger Fundamentalisten gezogen wird. Shahid gerat in den Konflikt zwischen zwei Welten und muss eine Entscheidung fallen.

Mein Ohr an deinem Herzen

Mein Ohr an deinem Herzen

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/04/2011

Sein Vater ist schon einige Jahre tot, als Hanif Kureishi ein Manuskript entdeckt, das ein ganz anderes Licht auf das Leben des Vaters wirft. Je tiefer er in dessen Leben taucht, desto klarer wird dem Sohn, wie ahnlich er ihm ist, wie sehr er ihn liebt und immer bewundert hat. Und fast tragisch setzt der Sohn um, was dem Vater zeitlebens verwehrt bleibt: keines der vielen Bucher, die er Nacht fur Nacht auf der klappernden Schreibmaschine schrieb, wurde je veroffentlicht. Dieses bewegende Memoir ist nicht nur eine Hommage an den Vater, es erzahlt auch die Geschichte einer Generation zwischen den Welten und Sprachen. Und zwischen allem funkeln Hanif Kureishis scharfsinnige und witzige Gedankenblitze.

Blau ist die Liebe

Blau ist die Liebe

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/12/2010

Ob Roy in A Blue Time oder der Unbekannte in Nachtlicht, sie alle suchen im Sex, im exzessiven Leben die Erfullung, wollen immer mehr, doch erreichen sie nie, wonach sie streben - liebende Nahe. Blau ist die Liebe erzahlt von den menschlichen Sehnsuchten, den Abgrunden und paradoxen Seiten der Seele. Hanif Kureishi umspielt klar und leicht, manchmal aber auch beklemmend, das Unfassbare und macht es wirklich.Wenn die sexuelle Gier gestillt ist, beginnt die Sehnsucht nach Liebe. Hanif Kureishi erzahlt leidenschaftlich und fesselnd.

Das sag ich dir

Das sag ich dir

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 22/01/2010

Ein mitreiender und aufwuhlender Roman uber den unstillbaren Hunger nach Leben.Der Mensch ist von Natur aus verruckt - das ist ganz normal. Jamal wei das nur zu gut. Taglich entlockt er seinen Patienten auf der Couch wilde Phantasien, Traume und Wunsche. Uber das eigene Geheimnis spricht er nur selten, aber wenn er erzahlt, klingt seine Geschichte unglaublich. Ajita wei, was er verschweigt, und behalt es dreiig Jahre lang fur sich. Da sind sie alle nicht mehr jung - Ajita, Jamal, Bushy und Miriam -, aber auch nicht zu alt, um ihr Coming-out zu verkunden, die erste Liebe wiederzubeleben oder der Wahrheit ins Auge zu sehen. Sie wissen um die komische, zartliche und manchmal traurige Aufgabe, ein Mensch zu sein und setzen alles aufs Spiel, damit es gelingt. Schonungslos und mit viel Witz hat Hanif Kureishi einen aufwuhlenden London-Roman geschrieben - ein leuchtendes Meisterwerk, das uns mit Liebe und Ironie die Geschichte der Stadt und ihrer Menschen aus der Perspektive der Suburbia und ihrer multikulturellen Farben erzahlt - atemlos und funkelnd.

Intimacy

Intimacy

Author: Hanif Kureishi Format: Ebook Release Date: 05/10/2009

Hanif Kureishi zu lesen ist ein groes Gluck.Was ist das Gluck: eine Nacht mit einer fremden Frau oder die Zuversicht, dass die Liebe nie versiegt? Konnen Liebende und Nichtliebende glucklich werden? Rastlos suchen wir die Nahe und horen nie auf, uns nach dem Geliebten zu sehnen - und was, wenn wir uns fremd werden? Hanif Kureishi ist ein praziser und unsentimentaler Beobachter. Gnadenlos beschreibt er, was uns bewegt. Wir kennen alles, was er erzahlt. In seinen Geschichten fuhlen wir uns geborgen, weil wir nicht allein sind mit unserem Gluck und Ungluck. Kureishi zahlt zu den groten Erzahlern seiner Generation. Das Gluck liegt in seinen Buchern.