Love + Hate
An inventive, thought-provoking and characteristically bold collection of short fiction and essays from Hanif Kureishi, centred around the vexed relationship between love and hate.
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Hate skews reality even more than love.
In the story of a Pakistani woman who has begun a new life in Paris, an essay about the writing of Kureishi’s acclaimed film Le Week-End, and an account of Kafka’s relationship with his father, readers will find Kureishi also exploring the topics that he continues to make new, and make his own: growing up and growing old; betrayal and loyalty; imagination and repression; marriage and fatherhood.
The collection ends with a bravura piece of very personal reportage about the conman who stole Kureishi’s life savings – a man who provoked both admiration and disgust, obsession and revulsion, love and hate.
The title captures his primary focus, in fiction or essay: the interdependence of love and hate ... Few people write so lucidly, and candidly, about being both a father and a son.
A Theft: My Con Man ...is one of several short essays in his new volume, Love and Hate. It's remarkably powerful: a virtuoso study of vulnerability.
Ends movingly with the writer turning an appalled eye back on the world to try to see it just as it is.
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