With VENUS, Hanif Kureishi turns his piercing gaze onto the pains of old age. Maurice (Peter O’Toole) and Ian (Leslie Phillips) are veteran stage actors whose slow, inevitable decline is disrupted by the arrival in their lives of Ian’s niece Jessie (Jodie Whittaker). While Jessie’s housekeeping skills make for a bone of contention with Ian, Maurice finds himself attracted to her.
Kureishi has crafted a disturbing, wry and profoundly moving swansong for his characters.
Also included in this volume is an Introduction by Kureishi in which he describes the inspiration he drew from the Japanese master Tanizaki.