Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival – Opening Night
Hanif Kureishi – The Last Word
In conversation with Razia Iqbal
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England. Now in his early 70s, his reputation is fading, sales have dried up, and his new wife has expensive taste.
Harry, a young writer, is commissioned to write a biography to revitalise both Mamoon’s career and his bank balance. Harry greatly admires Mamoon’s work and wants to uncover the truth of the artist’s life. Harry’s publisher seeks a more naked truth: a salacious tale of sex and scandal that will generate headlines. Meanwhile Mamoon himself is mining a different vein of truth altogether.
The ensuing struggle for dominance raises issues of love and desire, loyalty and betrayal, and the frailties of age versus the recklessness of youth.
Hanif Kureishi’s novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and Something to Tell You. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and The Mother. He has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and been translated into thirty six languages.
He will be speaking with Razia Iqbal, BBC Special Correspondent and presenter of Talking Books.
Priority booking for Asia House Members from 14 March, general bookings open on 24 March.