Hanif Kureishi novel echoes life of VS Naipaul
The Last Word is due for release in February 2014. In a promotional video released by publisher Faber and Faber, Kureishi gave an insight into the novel’s plotline.
“It’s mostly about two men,” he said. “An older Indian writer, a man in his early seventies and a younger man [in his] early thirties, a white Englishman, who goes to write his biography”.
Kureishi elaborated: “Mahmoon is an older Indian writer, very very successful who’s travelled, written novels and essays, plays and so on, and there’s a young man, very nervous, who comes to confront him.
“Then there’s Mahmoon’s wife, a really extravagant, crazy Italian woman, rather confined in the country but who is really good fun, and with whom our hero Harry strikes up a real friendship”.