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Hanif Kureishi: Writers Are Trouble - A Culture Show Special

Whenever Hanif Kureishi writes a new film or book, something is broken - a taboo, a confidence or new ground. The Buddha of Suburbia and My Beautiful Laundrette author, who first caused a stink turning his experiences of racism, Thatcherism and sexual transgression into corrosive comedy, has amused, provoked, annoyed and betrayed for over four decades now. It is with some relish, it seems, that the barbed and ruthless writer picks up a pen, and waits as friends, lovers and family take cover, fearing what bitter human frailty might get caught in his satirical gaze.

In the year he turns 60, Kureishi is putting out a new book, publicising his latest film and committing his life's archive to the vaults of the British Library. Alan Yentob might have expected to find him in a reflective mood but Hanif Kureishi is not one for mellowing. He takes his duty as national literary nuisance very seriously indeed.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 9 Feb 2014 22:50
BBC Two Wales only

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterAlan Yentob
ParticipantHanif Kureishi
ParticipantStephen Frears
ParticipantKevin Loader
ParticipantRoger Michell
DirectorColette Camden
Series EditorJanet Lee

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