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Roopa Farooki 'not interested in cultural clashes'

14th April 2010

Pakistan-born author Roopa Farooki is not interested in focusing on race in her novels, instead preferring to concentrate on telling a good story.

In an interview with the Metro, the Bitter Sweets writer said she is happy her works have won comparisons with Zadie Smith and Andrea Levy, but pointed out the differences in their approaches to storytelling.

'Those writers do tend to focus on the cultural clash,' she explained. 'We had every kind of nationality in our family and race wasn't an issue. I'd feel phoney talking about it.'

Farooki added that she tries to write about 'what lies beneath the skin' when crafting fiction, but admitted she has a natural tendency to create Asian immigrant characters as this reflects her background.

In addition, the author told the newspaper that despite avoiding overtly political themes, she still finds writing a strenuous process and barely ate or slept when working on new novel Half Life.

Farooki is currently on the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010 longlist with The Way Things Look to Me, joining writers such as Hilary Mantel, Lorrie Moore and Rebecca Gowers.

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