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The mature radical: Hanif Kureishi

The author's latest novel is a fascinating and flawed exploration of how a writer can grow old without losing the anarchy and rage that motivates his work

By Pico Iyer  

VS Naipaul: “Kureishi hardly bothers to conceal how much he’s drawn on Paul Theroux’s compulsive, racing memoir of life with Naipaul” © David Gamble/TopFoto

VS Naipaul: “Kureishi hardly bothers to conceal how much he’s drawn on Paul Theroux’s compulsive, racing memoir of life with Naipaul” © David Gamble/TopFoto

How to become a grown-up without forfeiting the radical energies of youth? How to maintain a serious commitment to your art, while honouring the sex and madness that really give it juice? Such questions haunt and quicken Hanif Kureishi as he grows older on the page. The writer who made his name with stories like “With Your Tongue Down My Throat” (emblazoned across the cover of Granta

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