Reviews of Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan, published in by Viking Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures is a collection of thirteen short stories, set in. Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures has been picked up by the excellent Brass Monkeys Books, an Australian-owned publishing house that has. ng to Anjum Hasan speak of her book, Difficult Pleasures, a collection of short stories published by Penguin. Anjum was in conversation with.

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Parvin Sultana rated it liked it Jan 18, The two stories that had children as protagonists was a bit too infuriating for me and as usual I was ranting mentally against “adults”. Email required Address never made public. The back lawn was lit by generous golden slabs of the rare English sun. When reading ‘Lunatic In My Head’ I found my thoughts and ideas reflected in her writing; probably, an assumption I safely made, the author and I trace our roots to the same city and are presently settled in the same city and I could actually sense, see and fade into her descriptions.

Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

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But no matter what, Hasan’s prose stays true till the end. And how acceptance eventually finds it’s place. The author has portrayed the emotions of these children beautifully. There are pleasures to be had, goals to be pursued and pleaskres, but each movement carries its distinctive signature, and located even as they are within the frames of everyday existence, none defined by predictability.

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Review by Rashi Goel Difficult Pleasures is a compilation of 13 short stories — each about different people feeling completely different emotions as they live out 13 absolutely different situations and lives. At the beginning of the story, he is contemplating settling down in Paris after a life of hectic touring in the coveted cities of the world, and it is at this juncture that his ordered lifestyle meets an unexpected roadblock: The faultlines are not quite societally programmed, but they emerge as conditions framing the dlfficult that hold its realities on offer for whoever seeks them.


You are commenting using your Facebook account. At least a couple of stories are built on the premise of sudden uncharacteristic decisions, and a different couple of them have sudden twists pleasurds well. Most of the stories occur in the minds of the characters, drawing the reader into the mental landscape of hasa narratives.

Anjum Hasan is an Indian poet and novelist. Like with most collections of shorts, especially when there’s only one, this one has its ups and downs.

This book isn’t as good as Lunatic in my head but there is something to be said for short story collections that are this well-written. These are situations people usually don’t think and talk about, let alone spin stories out of, yet she manages to make them feel somehow familiar. Prev Post KSU yet to receive influx panel letter. She prefers to remain in her familiar space, and even as her art receives the attention of an expert scout, she feels comfortable in her self-enclosed world.

I don’t think I’ll be able to finish this one! Though a few stories failed to move, the others more than made up for them. Jan 31, Anuradha Goyal rated it liked it. Lunatic in my Head. When reality strikes him hard in that she is not merely unresponsive, she plays hard-to-get, Science gives up hope.


Completely at the other extreme in terms of profession, priority, and ideology, Dipen did not have much of a relation with his brother. She swept back all the emotions enclosed in the box, with just one line in that moment.

Distracted you might feel while building the plot with past, but when she concludes the story, all of it makes sense. Extremely relatable people and circumstances. None of her stories will make sense until you connect them with the title of the book -‘Difficult Pleasures’. To me, very few authors can capture the ‘need to escape and the longing to belong’ as well as Anjum Hasan.

Refresh and try again. Some stories were real gems, others just petered out blandly.

Currently reading this one. We get a small share of the proceeds — every little bit will help us continue bringing you the content you like! By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Where the culture changes every kms or less, she plesaures humans that pull and tug at our cords and render us all too emotionally human.

Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

My discovery of the pleasures of the short story — its delicacy and brevity. This book is diffiult recommended if you have loved short stories of Jhumpa Lahiri.

Most of my stories are driven by individual, even solitary characters — they are not about big families or community lives.