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V.S. Naipaul

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This revised and updated introduction to the novels and non-fiction of V.S. Naipaul will be of interest to students, specialists and general readers. Chronological chapters examine the structure, significance and development of Naipaul's writing, setting the texts in their autobiographical, philosophical, social and political, colonial and post-colonial contexts. New chapters in the second edition include an expanded biographical introduction, and discussion of the recent novels A Way in the World and Half a ...

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Overview

This revised and updated introduction to the novels and non-fiction of V.S. Naipaul will be of interest to students, specialists and general readers. Chronological chapters examine the structure, significance and development of Naipaul's writing, setting the texts in their autobiographical, philosophical, social and political, colonial and post-colonial contexts. New chapters in the second edition include an expanded biographical introduction, and discussion of the recent novels A Way in the World and Half a Life, Naipaul's writings on Islam, and the criticism of Naipaul by writers and post-colonial theorists.

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Praise for the first edition:
"The introduction to this volume is perhaps the best 15-page essay on Naipaul and his art; and the subsequent eight chapters are written with the authority that King is known to possess on post-colonial literature and in a style that is both crisp and admirably textured. . . . No beginning student should fail to read this work: no scholar will want to miss it."—Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403904553
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/10/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce King is a freelance writer and a leading international literary critic and is series editor for English Dramatists and Modern Dramatists (both Palgrave Macmillan).

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Introduction
Miguel Street, The Mystic Masseur, and The Suffrage of Elvira
• A House for Mr Biswas and The Middle Passage
Mr Stone and the Knights Companion and An Area of Darkness
A Flag on the Island, The Mimic Men, and The Loss of El Dorado
In a Free State
The Overcrowded Baracoon, 'Michael X', Guerrillas and India: A Wounded Civilization
• 'A New King for the Congo' and A Bend in the River
Finding the Centre, The Enigma of Arrival, A Turn in the South, and India: A Million Mutinies
A Way in the World
Among the Believers, 'Our Universal Civilization' and Beyond Belief
• 'Two Worlds', Reading & Writing and Half a Life
• Naipaul's Critics and postcolonialism
• Appendix A: Naipaul's Family, A House for Mr Biswas and The Mimic Men
• Appendix B: Naipaul, Trinidad, Guyana and Africa
• Notes
• Selected Bibliography
• Index

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