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Hanif Kureishi: What Happened?

Hanif Kureishi returned to Asia House, joining the #AsiaLitFest with What Happened? - his new collection of dark, comic and insightful essays and fiction.

Kureishi was in conversation with journalist Boyd Tonkin to discuss his thrilling new collection, packed with topics including youth, discovery, pop culture, rebellion, sex, art, race and immigrant experience, entertaining and provoking in equal measure.


From social media to the ancient classics; from appraisals of David Bowie to Georges Simenon to Keith Jarrett; from ice cream to Netflix: this volume of criticism and short stories is the latest event in a unique body of literature. What Happened? is as much about the fact of Kureishi’s catholic appetite for popular culture as his observations and insights themselves – any new book in his oeuvre represents cause for celebration.


Couldn't join us on the day? Watch the full event below.


Check out the rest of the Festival videos here and join the conversation online using the hashtag #AsiaLitFest.

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