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In the "brilliant novel" ( The New York Times ) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man — an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a…
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The book that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, this is the story of a man who, without a single asset, enters a life devoid of opportunity; his tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in…

Half a Life

by V.s. Naipaul

|October 8, 2002

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One of the finest living writers in the English language, V. S. Naipaul gives us a tale as wholly unexpected as it is affecting, his first novel since the exultantly acclaimed A Way in the World , published seven years ago. Half a Life is the story of Willie…

The Mimic Men

by V.s. Naipaul

|December 4, 2001

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A sober novel about a tempestuous and tormented soul carrying the burdens of postcolonialism in London. Winner of the W. H. Smith Literary Award.
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Naipaul’s controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world, hailed by The New Republic as “the most notable work on contemporary Islam to have appeared in a very long time.”
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An impassioned and prescient travelogue written during V. S. Naipaul's final sojourn to his ancestral homeland. Now with a new preface by the author. Arising out of Naipaul's lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien,…
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In 1950, after winning a scholarship from the government of Trinidad, V. S. Naipaul, aged seventeen, left home for the first time. Following a two-week journey by steamer, he arrived in Oxford, England, a world utterly removed from the one he had longed to escape…

Miguel Street

by V.s. Naipaul

|February 11, 2003

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To the residents of Miguel Street, a derelict corner of Trinidad’s capital, their neighbourhood is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There’s Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build “the…

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In his first book of non-fiction since 2003, V.S. Naipaul gives us an eloquent, candid, wide-ranging narrative that delves into the sometimes inadvertent process of creative and intellectual assimilation. Born in Trinidad of Indian descent, a resident of England…

Guerillas

by V.s. Naipaul

|December 4, 2001

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An expatriate English couple and a West Indian would-be revolutionary yield to infidelity, sexual abuse, murder, and irrevocable mental and moral decay on a socially fragile, post-colonial Caribbean island.
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A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.

In A Free State

by V.s. Naipaul

|March 26, 2002

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Winner of the 1971 Booker Prize, this grouping of two stories — a short novel within a prologue and an epilogue from Naipaul’s travel journals — is held together by Naipaul’s pervading concern with the themes of exile, freedom and prejudice.