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The author of the book: V.S. Naipaul
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Date of issue: December 18th 2007
ISBN 13: 9781400034000
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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.
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Read information about the authorNaipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.
At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to write...." In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London.
50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."
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