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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I absolutely loved some of the stories in here, each story describes the life of a person going through some crisis.

Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

Jan 02, Nbanner rated it really liked it. There’s poetry in Hasa Read my review: Street on the Hill.

He is taken in by the expanding city horizon of which he gets oleasures a difficulf, even though it had figured in his imagination much before he really came to it: They could be any one of us. Want to Read saving…. The author has portrayed the emotions of these children beautifully. 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.


There’s something for each one of us. As are love, childhood disappointments, dreams of travel, relationships with parents, literature, artistic and material anjkm and … water shortages. View all 6 comments. Refresh and try again.

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I found them incomplete! Jun 11, Athena rated it liked it. Anjum Hasan has her own way of revealing characters and their inner selves in stories. Why do they do it? Quotes from Difficult Pleasures.

Hardcoverpages. Though a few stories failed to move, the others more than made up for them. To ask other readers questions about Difficult Pleasuresplease sign up. Women’s Web is a vibrant community for Indian women, an authentic space for us.

Book review of Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures

When asked by a member of the audience whether her novel Lunatic in My Head captures part of her own adolescent life as a school girl of Loreto Convent, Anjum said it is inevitable that part of the authors own experiences and discontents would creep into her fiction. Anjum Hasan is a delight to read. Some of diffiult stories are really good, and some seem to act as fillers. And my attempt to use this form to explore the many different kinds of urban lives that I’m curious about.

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 journey which is unlike any other. A good note to end on!


Endurance and persistence are what matters. Return to Book Page. This site uses cookies. Currently reading this one. A collection of thirteen short stories and I found it difficult to seek any pleasure by reading ‘Difficult Pleasures’. It becomes too quick sometimes to express emotions in a short story. Most of the stories occur in the minds of the characters, drawing the reader into the mental landscape of the narratives. Anjum is Books Editor, The Caravan.

Poor Samir doesn’t want to trace his Indian roots, all Prasad wanted was to hasab into city’s anonymity Collection of thirteen short stories of destructive nostalgia, passive sadness, domestic revenge, menacing menopause, first love, happy adultery, parent-child hasab and pleasure of course.