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A cruel novel about an India-born, world-famous, possibly real-life author

Hanif Kureishi's The Last Word, about an unlovable biographer tracking an unlovable writer, is ultimately rather unlovable 

25 January 2014

9:00 AM

25 January 2014

9:00 AM

The Last Word Hanif Kureishi

Faber, pp.301, £18.99, ISBN: 9780571277520

It is six years since Hanif Kureishi’s last novel Something to Tell You, a kaleidoscopic meditation on life and death seen through the eyes of a Freudian analyst striving to make sense of middle age. It was regarded as a return to the highs of The Buddha of Suburbia, Kureishi’s first and still best-loved novel, populated by irresistible characters who ploughed through life with a feckless sexual voracity.

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