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Title: “My Son the Fanatic” (1994)
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Genre: Short story
Hanif Kureishi (b. 1954) is a British author and filmmaker. His mother was British and his father was from Pakistan, but Kureishi was born in London. In 2008, The Times included him in a list of the best British authors since 1945.
The short story “My Son the Fanatic” was first published in The New Yorker in 1994. In 1997, it was republished in the short story collection Love in a Blue Time. It has also been adapted into a movie.
The short story focuses on a clash of cultures between a father and his son, who are both immigrants in England.