“Yaars” in 1970s Suburbia: London in Hanif Kureishi’s Fiction

Adriano Elia (Università di “Roma Tre” (Roma))

Abstract

Analizzando alcuni aspetti del romanzo di Hanif Kureishi The Buddha of Suburbia (1990), il presente saggio intende mettere in evidenza alcuni tra i più significativi cambiamenti verificatisi a Londra a partire dagli anni ’70, in particolare la trasformazione della sua mappa etnica e del ruolo dell’immigrato, e la diffusione del fondamentalismo islamico. Kureishi analizza acutamente questioni cruciali come razza, religione, integrazione e identità, e ci fornisce un efficace spaccato della Londra degli anni ’70, permettendoci di effettuare un paragone con la situazione della Londra attuale dopo i bombardamenti del 7 luglio 2005.

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