'The Buddha of Suburbia' by Hanif Kureishi, published as a short story in the LRB

Description

The Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif Kureishi’s bestselling first novel, originally appeared in the version of a short story in the London Review of Books on 19 February 1987. The plot of the short story resembles the novel’s first chapter, although some character names are different (Eva Kay is Cheryl Cooper, Charlie is Paul) and the Beckenham pub scene, so full of cultural references to music and fashion in the novel, is not developed here.

The novel was published three years later in 1990.

Full title:
Hanif Kureishi Papers: The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi, short story: 1989
Published:
February 1989, London
Format:
Periodical
Language:
English
Creator:
Hanif Kureishi, London Review of Books
Usage terms

Hanif Kureishi: © Hanif Kureishi. You may not use the material for commercial purposes. Please credit the copyright holder when reusing this work.

LRB: © This story first appeared in the London Review of Books - www.lrb.co.uk. Published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial Licence.

Held by
British Library
Shelfmark:
Add MS 89091/6/1

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