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The Word and the Bomb

Hanif Kureishi

The Word and the Bomb is a collection of Hanif Kureishi’s most controversial and thought-provoking writing on the gulf between fundamentalist Islam and Western values.

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‘Excellent.’ New York Times

Hanif Kureishi has been writing about the tensions between Islam and the West for over twenty years. In recent times the argument has evolved from one of constructive discussion to one of a refusal to engage – where the bomb speaks louder than the word. This volume collects pieces from Kureishi’s work which respond to this change, providing a historical perspective for the times in which we live.

‘Kureishi has a particular appreciation for the complexity of modern British Muslim identity that comes from having a mixed-race family . . . Here, Kureishi’s experience turns to insight.’ Observer


Hanif Kureishi grew up in Kent and studied philosophy at King’s College London. His novels include The Buddha of Suburbia, which won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel, The Black Album, Intimacy and The Last Word. His screenplays include My Beautiful Laundrette, which received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid and Le Week-End. He…

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