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“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.
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Date of Birth:
August 17, 1932
Place of Birth:
Queen's Royal College, Trinidad, 1943-48; B.A., University College, Oxford, 1953