Vintage Naipaul /

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Main Author: Naipaul, V. S. 1932-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : Vintage Books, 2004.
Series:Vintage readers
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Main Author:Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
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Vintage Readers are a perfect introduction to some of the great modern writers presented in attractive, accessible paperback editions. "The most splendid writer of English alive today. . . . He looks into the mad eye of history and does not blink." --The Boston Globe Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, V.S. Naipaul is our most intelligent and unflinching observer of the collision between modern and traditional societies. His novels, essays, and reportage are distinguished by their wit, outrage, and compassion, and by a prophetic vision of individuals caught in the tectonic upheavals of history. Vintage Naipaul includes the prologue and first chapter of the novel A House for Mr. Biswas; a vignette from the novel Half a Life; "Jasmine" from The Overcrowded Barracoon; "Synthesis and Mimicry" from India: A Wounded Civilization; "A New King for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa" from The Writer and the World; "Jack's Garden" from his memoir The Enigma of Arrival; and the story "The Bomoh's Son" from the collection Beyond Belief. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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General Notes:"A Vintage original"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description:198 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN:1400034000 (pbk.)
Author Notes:

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born of Indian ancestry in Chaguanas, Trinidad on August 17, 1932. He was educated at University College, Oxford and lived in Great Britain since 1950. From 1954 to 1956, he edited a radio program on literature for the British Broadcasting Corporation's Caribbean Service.

His first novel, The Mystic Masseur, was published in 1957. His other novels included A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, Guerrillas, and Half a Life. In a Free State won the Booker Prize in 1971. He started writing nonfiction in the 1960s. His first nonfiction book, The Middle Passage, was published in 1962. His other nonfiction works included An Area of Darkness, Among the Believers, Beyond Belief, and A Turn in the South. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. He died on August 11, 2018 at the age of 85.

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