Hanif Kureishi


Hanif Kureishi

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Hanif Kureishi CBE (born December 5, 1954) is an English playwright, screenwriter and filmmaker, novelist and short story writer. The themes of his work have touched on topics of race, nationalism, immigration, and sexuality.

Biography

Kureishi was born in London to a Pakistani father and an English mother. His father, Rafiushan, was from a wealthy Madras family, most of whose members moved to Pakistan after the Partition of India in 1947. He came to Britain to study law but soon abandoned his studies and later worked at the Pakistan Embassy. After his father and mother (Audrey Buss) married the family settled in Bromley where Kureishi was born.

He attended Bromley Technical High School where David Bowie had also been a pupil and after taking his A levels at a local sixth form college, he spent a year studying philosophy at Lancaster University before dropping out. Later he attended King's College London and took a degree in philosophy. His most famous work is "My Beautiful Laundrette", a screenplay about a gay Pakistani-British boy growing up in 1980's London for a film directed by Stephen Frears. It won the New York Film Critics Best Screenplay Award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

His book "The Buddha of Suburbia" (1990) won the Whitbread Award for the best first novel, and was also made into a BBC television series with a soundtrack by David Bowie.

The next year, 1991, saw the release of the feature film entitled "London Kills Me"; a film written and directed Kureishi.

His novel, "Intimacy" (1998) revolved around the story of a man leaving his wife and two young sons after feeling physically and emotionally rejected by his wife. This created certain controversy as Kureishi himself had recently left his wife and two young sons. It is assumed to be at least semi-autobiographical. In 2000/2001 the novel was adapted to a movie "Intimacy" by Patrice Chéreau, which won two Bears at the Berlin Film Festival: a Golden Bear for Best Film, and a Silver Bear for Best Actress (Kerry Fox). It was controversial for its unreserved sex scenes. The book was translated into Persian by Niki Karimi in 2005.

His family have accused him of exploiting them with thinly disguised references to them in his work and went on record to deny the claims. His sister Yasmin has accused him of selling her family "down the line". She wrote, in a letter to The Guardian, that if her family's history had to become public she would not stand by and let it be "fabricated for the entertainment of the public or for Hanif's profit" [citation needed] . She says that his description of her family's working class roots are fictitious. Their grandfather was not "cloth cap working class", their mother never worked in a shoe factory, and their father, she says, was not a bitter old man.

Yasmin takes up issues with her brother not merely for his thinly disguised autobiographical references in his first novel, Buddha of Suburbia, but also for the image about his past that he portrays in newspaper interviews. She wrote: "My father was angry when the Buddha of Suburbia came out as he felt that Hanif had robbed him of his dignity, and he didn't speak to Hanif for about a year."

Kureishi's drama "The Mother" was adapted to a movie by Roger Michell, which won a joint First Prize in the Director’s Fortnight section at Cannes Film Festival. It showed a cross-generational relationship with changed roles: a seventy-year-old English lady and grandmother (played by Anne Reid) who seduces her daughter's boyfriend (played by Daniel Craig), a thirty-year-old craftsman. Explicit sex scenes were shown in realistic drawings only, thus avoiding censorship.

His 2006 screenplay "Venus" saw Oscar, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Broadcast Film Critics Association and Golden Globe nominations for Peter O'Toole in the best actor category.

He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

His latest novel, "Something to Tell You", was published in 2008.

Kureishi is married and has a pair of twins, a younger son, and a parrot called Amis.

Bibliography

*Novels
** 1990 "The Buddha of Suburbia". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1995 "The Black Album". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1998 "Intimacy". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2001 "Gabriel's Gift". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2003 "The Body". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2008 "Something to Tell You". London: Faber and Faber.

*Story collections
** 1997 "Love in a Blue Time" London: Faber and Faber.
** 1999 "Midnight All Day". London: Faber and Faber.

*Plays and screenplays
** 1988 "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1991 "London Kills Me". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1996 "My Beautiful Laundrette and other writings". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1997 "My Son The Fanatic". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1999 "Hanif Kureishi Plays One". London: Faber and Faber.
** 1999 "Sleep With Me". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2002 "Collected Screenplays" Volume I. London: Faber and Faber.
** 2003 "The "Mother". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2007 "Venus". London: Faber and Faber.

*Nonfiction
** 2002 "Dreaming and Scheming: Reflections on Writing and Politics"
** 2004 "My Ear at His Heart". London: Faber and Faber.
** 2005 "Word And The Bomb ". London: Faber and Faber.

*As editor
** 1995 "The Faber Book of Pop". London: Faber and Faber.

*Critical works about Kureishi
**Moore-Gilbert, Bart. "Hanif Kureishi" (Contemporary World Writers). Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001.
**Ranasinha, Ruvani. "Hanif Kureishi" (Writers and Their Work). Devon: Northcote House Publishers Ltd, 2002.

Filmography

*Screenplays
** 1985 "My Beautiful Laundrette"
** 1987 "Sammy and Rosie Get Laid"
** 1991 "London Kills Me" (and director)
** 1993 "The Buddha of Suburbia" (television miniseries, based on the novel)
** 1997 "My Son the Fanatic" (based on his own short story of the same title)
** 1999 "Mauvaise passe" (aka "The Escort", aka "The Wrong Blonde") (with Michel Blanc}
** 2003 "The God of Small Tales" (short) (with Akram Khan)
** 2003 "The Mother" (adapted from the play)
** 2006 "Venus"
** 2007 "Weddings and Beheadings" (2007)

*Story basis only
** 2001 "Intimacy"

*Producer
** 2006 "Souvenir"

External links

* [http://www.hanifkureishi.com/ Kureishi's website]
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* [http://www.faber.co.uk/index.html Faber and Faber] - UK publisher of Hanif Kureishi
* Waraich, Omar. [http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=21767 "When Bombs Speak Louder Than Words, Interview with Hanif Kureishi"] . [http://www.dailystar.com.lb "The Daily Star, Beirut -International Herald Tribune"] Jan 28 2006
* [http://brooklynrail.org/2006-07/books/hanif-kureishi-with-hirsh-sawhney/ "In Conversation: Hanif Kureishi with Hirsh Sawhney". "The Brooklyn Rail", July/Aug 2006]
* [http://www.open2.net/writing/hanifkureshi.html Audio interview with Hanif Kureishi] from "open2.net"
* [http://www.weberberg.de/skool/schwerpunktthema-abitur-one-language-many-voices.html About "My Son The Fanatic"] Interpretations of and more background information on the short story.
* Reference to family controversy [http://www.indianexpress.com/res/web/pIe/ie/daily/19980510/13050704.html]

ee also

*List of authors
*List of English novelists
*List of novelists
*List of playwrights
*List of screenwriters
*List of short story writers

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