Der Drehbuch- und Romanautor Hanif Kureishi („Mein wunderbarer
Waschsalon“) hat sein persönliches Archiv an die britische Nationalbibliothek verkauft. Wie die British Library mitteilte, erwarb sie für 100.000 Pfund (rund 121.000 Euro) Tagebücher, Notizen und Manuskripte des Autors. Bis Ende des Jahres soll das gesamte Material in der Bibliothek zur Verfügung stehen.
Quelle: Bayerntext S. 169, 22.1.2014
Pressemitteilung der British Library von heute hierzu:
“ …. The British Library has acquired the archive of Hanif Kureishi, the acclaimed novelist, playwright and screenwriter behind such landmark works as The Buddha of Suburbia and My Beautiful Laundrette. The archive includes over 50 personal diaries and notebooks as well as drafts and working material relating to all of his major works. The archive spans over 40 years, from an early teenage diary written in 1970 up to paper and digital drafts of his new novel, The Last Word, which is published on 6 February this year.
The archive will be made available to researchers in the British Library’s reading rooms at the end of 2014, and will join those of other contemporary writers held at the British Library, including Wendy Cope, Graham Swift, John Berger and Andrew Motion.
Rachel Foss, Lead Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library, said: “Hanif Kureishi is one of the most radical and challenging voices in contemporary literature. This archive will play a crucial role in developing critical understanding of his life and work and represents a resource of major international significance. Showing the changing nature of the 21st century archive, the digital material in the collection will allow researchers to uncover more information about an author’s working processes than has ever been possible before.”
Hanif Kureishi said: “I’m delighted that the British Library have decided to take on my archive, I can’t imagine it anywhere else. I hope with the British Library’s inventiveness and resourcefulness, it might be useful to a broad audience for a long time.”
Hanif Kureishi will be headlining the British Library’s Spring Festival on 29 March, talking about the art of screenwriting, and one of his diaries will be on display in the Library’s Treasures Gallery from 8 March onwards. ….“