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Which settings appear in the short story "My Son the Fanatic"?

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Hanif Kureishi's short story "My Son the Fanatic" is set in London, England. The author doesn't directly say which decade, but it's probably set in the late twentieth century; Parvez's son, Ali, uses computer discs, and, at one point, Parvez is "with his two closest friends watching a Sylvester Stallone film."

Parvez is the main character, and the reader sees him at work (both in the taxi office and in his taxi) and at home. At one point, he goes out with his son to a restaurant, where he tells him that

for years he had worked more than ten hours a day, that he had few enjoyments or hobbies and never went on holiday.

Instead, he spends most of his time in pursuits his son sees as evil and against their Pakistani and Islamic heritage, such as drinking and womanizing. The only clean and ordered space in the story is his son's bedroom:

Surreptitiously, the father began going into his son's bedroom. He would sit there for hours . . . What bewildered him was that Ali was getting tidier. Instead...

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The setting of the story is in United Kingdom. The story is set in environment to highlight the cultural differences and generation gap often experienced among children and their parents.