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Hanif Kureishi wins PEN Pinter Prize

Posted by litdaily on September 17, 2010

British Asian author Hanif Kureishi won this year’s PEN Pinter Prize, awarded to a writer who, like Harold Pinter, demonstrates a “fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies” …more>>

Kureishi’s writing is courageous, witty, and funny. His stories have always broken rules, and shocked the “politically correct” and the “thought police.” In the following interview with QTV, Kureishi talks about the changing representations of sexuality in literature and its role in our lives. Toward the end of the interview, he reiterates his own commitment, as a writer in the realist mode, to chronicle the “structure of the whole society and how it holds together,” from the richest to the poorest sections—a statement that makes him a worthy recipient of the PEN Pinter Prize.


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