Well, I like the sound of it. His twin sons, Sachin and Carlo, who live with his previous partner, Tracey Scoffield, are It is where he first lived when he came up from the suburbs Bromley in Kent, to be precise in the s, and its geography is extensively explored and referenced in his books. Kureishi sidles into the restaurant dressed in a black overcoat and greets me as if we are old friends we have never met. He is 53, poker-faced with thick, greying hair. Some people pretend to be cleverer than they really are; Kureishi, it is immediately clear, is very clever indeed, but he wears it lightly.
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They were "hip young kids", riding the tube, reading The Buddha of Suburbia, his novel about sex, drugs and race in 70s south London.
When the book came out in , he was a rebel hero and 13 years on, although no longer sure of who his fans are, Kureishi retains the air of a man slightly too cool for his surroundings. He has written a film, The Mother, about the sex life of a woman approaching I wrote it because I was interested in it. She was appalled. The idea of an older woman having sex does not go down well with people. He wrote of a gay, mixed-race affair in his film My Beautiful Laundrette, of sex for hire in Suburbia, and then in his novel Intimacy about a man falling out of love with his partner, the details of which so tallied with his own circumstances - leaving his publisher girlfriend for another, much younger woman - that he was condemned in the press as a right disloyal bastard.
You look for conflict. Not only that they have to part, but that they may even hate each other before they part. And when you hate someone, you maybe behave monstrously towards them, which is a disgusting thought.
And they hate you as well. Writers happen to write it down, which makes them bad. His father was Indian, his mother English. He supposes, now, that as one of 12 children, Kureishi senior wanted to stand out. And he did; Bromley was very white in the s and 70s. The whole family stood out. I wonder if he thinks Britain has become less racist since then. You just realise that the focus has changed. And I was really offended. The manuscripts are very intimate, says Kureishi.
He felt a bit odd when he got to the part about his father entering a brothel, aged But then he reasoned that his dad would have been "flattered and knocked out" that his writing was going to be published. Has his mum seen The Mother, I wonder? She loved it. She kept saying: am I going to be shocked by it? Will I have to cover my eyes?
If a friend expresses sympathy with the pro-war argument, Kureishi says he finds it "rather shocking". He is very depressed about the government, which he believes has failed on schools, housing, the war. Did he have any sympathy for her when she was attacked for her decision? Kureishi explodes.
How long have these fuckers been in power? Why are there no schools? You know? Come off it. That stuff. It seemed to me that the real philosophical breakthroughs of the 20th century were in terms of the understanding of language.
What is language? Where does it come from, how does it work, what does it do? Language and gender. He writes loads, he says. But it did, and he started writing plays for the Royal Court theatre. One of the characters in The Mother is a failed writer, a woman whose ambition is unmatched by ability and who Kureishi depicts, in this pathetic state, with a little too much relish.
Does he ever worry about the ideas drying up? You obviously do.
Intimacy and Midnight All Day: A Novel and Stories
Happily, I found it next to my Kunderas. I thought "Intimacy" might continue some of the themes about relationships that had interested me in "The Joke". After finishing it, I discovered a interview with Kureishi in the Guardian in which he revealed that he had been reading "The Joke" that very morning. He seemed to define the Zeitgeist.
They were "hip young kids", riding the tube, reading The Buddha of Suburbia, his novel about sex, drugs and race in 70s south London. When the book came out in , he was a rebel hero and 13 years on, although no longer sure of who his fans are, Kureishi retains the air of a man slightly too cool for his surroundings. He has written a film, The Mother, about the sex life of a woman approaching I wrote it because I was interested in it. She was appalled.
Hanif Kureishi: A life laid bare
Shazuru He is indecisive, completely real and human. We would go round and round, but rarely forwards. This seems like the city I live in. And these were bad guys — drunk, awful, depressed people. At the end of the screening my mind seems to be going in all directions at once. Kureeishi is like reading only one half of a more complicated story.