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better today than a couple of years ago
am 13. August 2004
Why does a college trailer of Pakistan origin flirt with fundamental Muslims, who become increasingly more extreme and more violent?
That this topic points more today, in a time of the irrational
condemnation of all Muslim tendencies than at the
publication date is no hint to a prophetic gift Kureishis. He "only" describes the colliding of two worlds in a very pointed way.
A nightlife and drug-exterminating student, long used to the British rock'n'roll lifestyle and thus avoiding in-depth thinking. All meetings are volatile and forgotten tomorrow. What he notices from his
neighbour in his college-dormitory praying room, is just as volatile. The consequences of the actions of the ever-larger growing group of fundamentalists are invisible to him, in such a way that it's still easy and good to live in two parallel universes, without coming to the conclusion that one side could be dangerous to the other.
And Kureishi is so intense in his description of this drifting between the worlds
that the reader is almost trying to look after the people in the road after finishing the Black Album.Kureishi has a qualities to offer in this book that is surely one of his best:
-forgetting to think about the own self can easily have dangerous consequences (maybe someday a skinhead-analyzing
social paedagogue reads the book?)
- it outlines the blueprint of the oh-so concerning and understanding
multiculturalist in the person of the lector, who can be nothing but another volatile relationship for the student.
-a book almost selfreading but worth to be read at least one more time to get all sidestreams and hidden wisdom
-it shows that one can vary only one topic again and again,
without becoming a selfcopy or delivering poor literature.
Sometimes the reader gets the impression that Kureishi only knows one story and three persons. It's just a constant rearranging of the situations and relations which makes a new book. BUT: Nothing else is done by great cooks and is there anybody out there who doesn't like to have a decent meal?
This is great literature! period!