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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Aug 30, Patrick Bryson rated it really liked it. Some inspire and others leave you with a shudder.

Book review of Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures

Most of the stories occur haasan the minds of the characters, drawing the reader into the mental landscape of the narratives. The fact difdicult she dispenses her artworks by distributing them to people, which includes her children, whose interest cannot be ascertained shows a disconnect between the objects and the one who brought them to life. Like with most collections of shorts, especially when there’s only one, this one has its ups and downs.

A few good stories saved my pride for Anjum Hasan and how I wish the collection had only these ones. My discovery of the pleasures of the short pleasjres — its delicacy and brevity. They feel content after having it only once and never again.

Sep 14, Manjul Bajaj rated it really liked it. What I love and hate about these stories are the abrupt ends. Mayurakshi rated it liked it Mar 14, The stories are unpredictable and you will get hooked. This was an dofficult purchase, bought it cause a line in the blurb caught my fancy, ” Oct 26, Smita Sahay rated it really liked it.


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At the same time, these plezsures are fascinated by what are the, I hope, recognizable urban, contemporary landscapes they live in. December 31, UDP releases 3rd list of candidates for council polls Jan 02, Nbanner rated it really liked it. She isn’t excellent, but good enough to make me want to pick up her other books.

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There’s something for each one of us. In effect, what we have is the chronicling of private spaces that negotiate with the worlds that the protagonists confront, sometimes this process is one of dialogue, and in others, it becomes a process of discovery and self understanding. There’s poetry in Hasan’s composition, and her sentences and word choice stir something familiar yet unnamed.

Jan 15, Vaidya rated it really liked it. 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.

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Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

She was born in Shillong, Meghalaya and currently lives in Bangalore, India. Return to Book Page.


The narrative does not present the artistic process through the register of the programmes that accompany the culture of display in high-end art installations, but takes the route of a privately ordained gasan which is unlike any other. Preview — Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan.

Neti Neti is an 18 year old in contemporary Bangalore and the angst of living away from family. Anjum is Books Editor, The Caravan.

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Hardcoverpages. The need for performance, called upon by the European scout Frieda and its complete lack in Mrs Ali is the ironic counterpoint that Hasan invests in so much, and it is this mapping of the world and the individual at odds that stands out, making the story so fresh and invigorating.

Apr 09, KhepiAri rated it really liked it. For Mrs Ali, unlike the fellow women artists assembled in a European capital whose hasqn for performance overrides other priorities of life, the journey to another land is an event that comes to her, one she submits to now that she has committed herself to it.

The book has thirteen short stories that have a varied set of characters in different circumstances.