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Hanif Kureishi

(1954-), Writer

Sitter in 3 portraits
British-born of English and Pakistani descent, Kureishi rose to prominence with his screenplay My Beautiful Laundrette (1986) which daringly told the story of a gay British-Pakistani man's life in London in the 1980s. The film was a phenomenal success, it received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and won the New York Critics' Best Screenplay Award (1987). Sammy and Rosie Get Laid followed (1988). His novel, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990) was later adapted for television. Kureishi's writing often focus on subcultures within British society, exploring themes such as identity and integration, and highlighting controversial issues surrounding race, class and sexuality. He published Nothing in 2017.

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Hanif Kureishi, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x34146

Hanif Kureishi

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide print, 1989
NPG x34146

Hanif Kureishi, by Max Adelman - NPG x132266

Hanif Kureishi

by Max Adelman
archival digital print, 1993
NPG x132266

Hanif Kureishi, by Jane Sebire - NPG x88257

Hanif Kureishi

by Jane Sebire
C-type colour print, 1997
NPG x88257


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