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The Buddha of Suburbia Faber Modern Classics by Hanif Kureishi
  

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

Kureishi’s classic first novel, first published in 1990 but set in the 70s is an extraordinary picture of growing up as a young Pakistani in Britain. Regardless of your interest in any other aspects of this book, the real reason to read it is that Kureishi succeeds where many writers have failed in capturing something of the truth of what it’s like to be young and have a world of possibility at your feet. It remains fresh, full of life and a joy to read.

If you like Hanif Kureishi you might also like to read books by Daniel Alarcon, Armistead Maupin and Maggie O'farrell.

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The Buddha of Suburbia Faber Modern Classics by Hanif Kureishi

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.

About the Author

Hanif Kureishi

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

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Publication date

2nd April 2015

Author

Hanif Kureishi

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Publisher

Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
304 pages

Categories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571313174

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