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By Hanif Kureishi

This can be an artistic, thought-provoking and generally daring selection of brief fiction and essays from Hanif Kureishi, concentrated round the vexed courting among love and hate. within the tale of a Pakistani lady who has started a brand new lifestyles in Paris, an essay concerning the writing of Kureishi's acclaimed movie Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka's courting along with his father, readers will locate Kureishi additionally exploring the themes that he keeps to make new, and make his personal: transforming into up and getting old; betrayal and loyalty; mind's eye and repression; marriage and fatherhood. the gathering ends with a bravura piece of very own reportage concerning the conman who stole Kureishi's existence mark downs - a guy who provoked either admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.

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