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


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.

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Hanif Kureishi Papers: The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi, short story: 1989
February 1989, London
Hanif Kureishi, London Review of Books
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