Conversations with V. S. Naipaul / Edition 1

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Intense, controversial, unfailingly clever, V. S. Naipaul has won nearly every major British writing award, including the prestigious Booker Award (in 1971 for In a Free State) and in 1990 was knighted for his literary accomplishments. Born of Indian parents in Trinidad in 1932, he has little sympathy for the land of his birth or forefathers. All that he puts under his microscope--nations, peoples, religions, or ethnic groups--are targets of his clear-sightedness, and he shows no patience with pretense or delusions.

This collection brings together interviews from a thirty-six-year span and reveals a witty, sometimes scathing talker with a free-ranging curiosity, but one who dreads intimacy and cherishes a solitary detachment. This collection shows the changing faces of this world-class author. In early interviews, mostly given to such fellow writers and colleagues as Derek Walcott and the poet Eric Roach, Naipaul is clipped, brusque, and clearly impatient with interviewers. More recent interviews, given primarily to journalists rather than literary figures, reveal a maturing Naipaul, often warm, passionate, and forthcoming about his private life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878059461
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Literary Conversation Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 1,389,343
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

A Talk with Vidia Naipaul 3
Interview with V. S. Naipaul 5
Naipaul: An Interview with Ewart Rouse 10
Without a Place: V. S. Naipaul in Conversation with Ian Hamilton 14
Unfurnished Entrails - The Novelist V. S. Naipaul in Conversation with Jim Douglas Henry 22
V. S. Naipaul: A Transition Interview 24
Fame, A Short-Lived Cycle, Says Vidia 37
"It's Every Man for Himself" - V. S. Naipaul on India 39
Meeting V. S. Naipaul 45
Man in a Glass Box 50
Life, Literature, and Politics: An Interview with V. S. Naipaul 57
The Dark Visions of V. S. Naipaul 63
A Conversation with V. S. Naipaul 75
V. S. Naipaul: A Perpetual Voyager 93
V. S. vs the Rest: The Fierce and Enigmatic V. S. Naipaul Grants a Rare Interview in London 99
An Elusive Master: V. S. Naipaul Is Still Searching 106
Going Back for a Turn in the East 110
The Unsparing Vision of V. S. Naipaul 114
Stranger in Fiction 130
The Ultimate Exile 135
Delivering the Truth: An Interview with V. S. Naipaul 154
V. S. Naipaul Talks to Alastair Niven 162
The Last Lion 166
Index 171
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