This study guide will help you analyse the short story “The Decline of the West” by Hanif Kureishi. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the short story’s point of view and on the title, while also discussing the structure, characters, setting, language, and themes of the text.
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Title: “The Decline of the West” (2010)
Author: Hanif Kureishi
Genre: Short story
Hanif Kureishi (b. 1954) is an acclaimed English writer. He was born and grew up in England as the son of a Pakistani father and a British mother. The short story was first published in 2010 in Kureishi’s Collected Stories.
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