A última palavra

Editora Companhia das Letras

Quando se escreve a biografia de um autor consagrado, quem terá a última palavra? Hanif Kureishi nos oferece reflexões hilárias sobre autores, leitores e editores. Cultuado autor indiano radicado na Inglaterra, Mamoon tem setenta e poucos anos e sua reputação vai mal; as vendas decrescentes de seus livros não dão conta dos gostos extravagantes de sua nova mulher. Harry, jovem escritor, é contratado por seu editor para escrever uma biografia recheada de intrigas pessoais, que salve ao mesmo tempo a carreira e a conta bancária de Mamoon. Quando a trama do sétimo romance de Hanif Kureishi veio à tona, ele logo foi lido como um roman à clef sobre V. S. Naipaul, Nobel da literatura cuja biografia revela uma vida promíscua. Mas A última palavra é, além disso, uma narrativa hilária e envolvente com reflexões profundas sobre o fazer literário e a biografia.
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Editora Companhia das Letras
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Published on
Feb 15, 2016
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Pages
312
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ISBN
9788543805122
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Language
Portuguese
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Genres
Fiction / Literary
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Described in a recent New York Times Magazine profile as a "postcolonial Philip Roth," Hanif Kureishi first captured the attention of audiences and critics in the 1980s with the award-winning novel The Buddha of Suburbia and the films My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. In three decades of acclaimed work, Kureishi has written fiction and films exploring a series of interconnected themes about identity and desire—from Islamic radicalism to kinky sex, and from psychoanalysis to the relationships of fathers and sons. After discovering an abandoned manuscript of his father’s, hidden for years, Kureishi was compelled to turn his "unflinching perspective" (Time Out) onto his own history. Like Roth, Martin Amis and Geoffrey Wolfe, who also have written books about their fathers, Kureishi wanted to understand and perhaps to reconcile.

My Ear at His Heart offers remarkable insight into the birth of a writer, chronicling how Kureishi’s own literary calling emerged from the ashes of his father’s aspirations. And so begins a journey that takes Kureishi through his father’s privileged childhood by the sea in Bombay, through the turbulent birth of Pakistan and to his modest adult life in England—his days spent as a civil servant, his nights writing prose, hopeful of one day receiving literary recognition.

"A beguiling and complex tale of fact, fiction and family tensions" (The Guardian), My Ear at His Heart was published to great acclaim in the United Kingdom in 2004 and went on to win the prestigious Prix France Culture Etranger. Now, this profound work from one of the most compelling artists of our time is at last available in a Scribner edition.
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