Amitava Kumar is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. He is the author of A Matter of Rats: A Short Biography of Patna, A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb, and Nobody Does the Right Thing, all also published by Duke University Press.
My Hanif Kureishi Life
This essay uses the personal account of a search for sexual experience as a backdrop to introduce an interview with the British-Asian writer Hanif Kureishi. Also contrasted with Kureishi’s work are other writings set in India—E. M. Forster to Upamanyu Chatterjee—but what distinguishes Kureishi is his response to a contemporary challenge, fundamentalist puritanism.