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Steep learning curve for the guru of suburbiaDreaming and Scheming Clooected Non-Fiction Essays and TeachingsHanif KureishiFaber 899 pp270Hanif Kureishi is a curious writer Since he decided at the age of 14 to join the profession those he met in his ancestral Pakistan called a complicated excuse for idleness uselessness and general bumming around much dreaming and scheming has been accomplished for which he has received much acclaim and much criticism But Kureishi is perhaps most widely regarded as the British-Asian voice the race-writer of his generation whose early work inspired artists from the entire cultural spectrumHas Kureishis own race-well run dry I recall the words of the film-maker Gurinder Chadha who described Kureishi as quite isolated from the Asian side of himself hes used that side of him without real cultural integrityFor such doubters this collection of his non-fiction should set things straight In The Rainbow Sign which was first published in 1986 along with the screenplay of My Beautiful Laundrette Kureishi recounts how growing up in England where racists werent discriminating in their racial discrimination he could understand the motives of a black boy who having noticed that burnt skin turned white jumped into a bath of boiling water Then visiting Pakistan for the first time Kureishi shook with incomprehension at the notion that he was not considered a foreignerBut there are other issues too equally complex equally political As a teenager Kureishi wrote obsessively and sent novels off to publishers from the post-office where his grandmother worked They soon came back as he recalls in The Boy in the Bedroom the first chapter a little rumpled with a printed rejection slip pinned to the front He had something in common with his father then the civil servant who pounded away at his typewriter in the early hours of each day also only to receive such slipsUnlike his father Kureishi achieved success through early plays such as The King and Me and Outskirts which
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