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    Hanif Kureishi’s hospital despatches are both a meditation and a supplication of a writer in search of renewed life and hope

    At the start of the new year, in a series of tweets, British playwright, screenwriter, novelist and filmmaker Hanif Kureishi revealed a turn of events on Boxing Day in Rome that has put into peril his ability to ever walk or write again — a grievous fall that had injured his spine and resulted in partial paralysis of the arms and the legs. But what it has not impacted is his mental acuity and his ability to tell stories. Transcribed initially by his wife Isabella, and then, his son Carlo, Kureishi has been sending out dispatches from his hospital bed on his debilitation and telling the story of his life “like a Beckettian chattering mouth”.

    The tweets, collated daily on Kureishi’s Substack newsletter, have opened up a whole new readership for the 68-year-old, known for screenplays such as My Beautiful Laundrette (1985), My Son the Fanatic (1997, based on his own short story)…

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