Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia (1990)
Revision as of 12:30, 9 March 2008 by Anna Auguscik
The Buddha of Suburbia is a novel written by Hanif Kureishi and first published by Faber & Faber in 1990.
- 1990-Costa Book Awards First Novel Award
- Source: Hanif Kureishi. The Buddha of Suburbia. London: Faber and Faber.  1999.
- Back cover:
- 'My name is Karim Ami, and I am an Englishman born and bred, almost...'
- The hero of Hanif Kureishi's début novel is a dreamy teenager, of indeterminate sexual preference, who is desperate to escape the drear clutches of suburban South London and taste all the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. Karim's own family provide him with some unusual examples of rebellion against the norm - form this philandering, yoga-loving father Haroon to his fiery cousin Jamila, who is being pressed into an arranged marriage. But it is Charlie, the aspirant-rock-star son of Haroon's mistress, who really fires Karim's imagination - not to mention his loins. And it's the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre which enables Karim to win the sort of attention he has been craving - albeit with some rude and raucous results.
- 'One of the best comic novels of growing up, and one of the sharpest satires on race relations in this country, that I've ever read.' Independent on Sunday
Reception and Reviews
- John Mullan hears readers' responses to Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia
- with an advertisement for the reading guide from the "Continuum Contemporaries" series
- The Guardian, Guardian book club, "Race ahead", January 26, 2008 --week three
- The Guardian, Guardian book club, "Ease of reference", John Mullan, January 19, 2008 --week two
- The Guardian, Guardian book club, "That tone of voice", by John Mullan, January 12, 2008 --week one
- Hanif Kureishi Hompage
- Hanif Kureishi at Contemporary Writers
- Hanif Kureishi at Postimperial and Postcolonial Literature in English
- Hanif Kureishi at ArtandCulture.com
- The Buddha of Suburbia at en.wikipedia.org
- Chowk: Ideas, Identities and Interactions, A Conversation with Hanif Kureishi, Adnan Ashraf, August 3, 1998
- Hanif Kureishi at Guardian Authors
- The Observer, Profile: Hanif Kureishi, "A chronicler of pain and pleasure", by Andrew Anthony, February 17, 2008
- Guardian Unlimited, Guardian book club podcast: Hanif Kureishi, February 1, 2008