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									V. S. NaipaulV. S. Naipaul
In awarding V. S. Naipaul the Nobel prize for literature in 2001, the Swedish Academy called him a "literary circumnavigator" and a "modern philosophe." Both tags seem spot-on, given Naipaul's gift for describing -- in both his fictional and nonfictional studies of India, Africa, and beyond -- the humor and pathos of cultural collisions.

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V. S. Naipaul
Also Known As:
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (full name)
Current Home:
Wiltshire, England
Date of Birth:
August 17, 1932
Place of Birth:
Chaguanas, Trinidad
Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, 1943-48; B.A., University College, Oxford, 1953
Nobel Prize for Literature, 2001

The Best Book to Read First

Selected Works

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A House for Mr. Biswas
by V. S. Naipaul
The early masterwork of Naipaul’s career, A House for Mr. Biswas is the poignant story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been praised as one of the finest novels of the twentieth century.

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*  The Mystic Masseur (1957)
*  A House for Mr. Biswas (1961)
*  A Bend in the River (1979)
*  The Enigma of Arrival (1987)
*  A Way in the World (1994)
*  Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples (1998)
*  Half a Life (2001)
*  Vintage Naipaul (2004)

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A Naipaul Sampler

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Vintage Naipaul
by V. S. Naipaul
Featuring key excerpts, essays, and other supplemental materials, this helpful introductory reader is a great way to get started on exploring Naipaul's body of work.

Telling His Own Story

Understanding Islam

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A Way in the World
by V. S. Naipaul
Naipaul has written autobiographically but nontraditionally: His A Way in the World is a fascinating blend of autobiographical sketches and moments in the history of Spanish and British imperialism. Between Father and Son presents letters between the author and his family during a dark, early period in his life.

*Between Father and Son: Family Letters  by V. S. Naipaul, Gillon Aitken (Editor)
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Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
by V. S. Naipaul
In Beyond Belief, Naipaul continues the exploration of Muslim culture that began in 1981's Among the Believers. The two titles offer perspectives on religion in Pakistan, Iran, and other parts of the Islamic world.

*Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey  by V. S. Naipaul
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