Hanif Kureishi: Writ­ers Are Trou­ble — A Cul­ture Show Spe­cial

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Sun­day, 9pm, BBC World News The English play­wright, film­maker ( My Beau­ti­ful Laun­drette) and nov­el­ist Hanif Kureishi (In­ti­macy,

Some­thing To Tell You) de­lights in lit­er­ary provo­ca­tion, blur­ring truth with fic­tion. He’s a mas­ter at it. As the nar­ra­tor, Alan Yen­tob, says in this ex­cel­lent pro­file, “When a writer is born into a fam­ily, the fam­ily is fin­ished.” He cer­tainly man­aged to up­set some mem­bers of his wealthy Madras fam­ily and many of his friends with his take on racism and sex­ual trans­gres­sion with his barbed and ruth­less prose. This year he turns 60, but he hasn’t mel­lowed.

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