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V.S. Naipaul
King, Bruce, 1933-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2003]

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ix, 230 pages ; 23 cm

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PR9272.9.N32 Z749 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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V. S. Naipaul is a reader-friendly introduction to the writing of one of the most influential contemporary authors and the 2001 Nobel laureate in Literature. Bruce King provides a novel by novel analysis of the fiction with attention to structure, significance, and Naipaul's development as a writer, while setting the texts in their autobiographical. philosophical, social, political, colonial and postcolonial contexts. King shows how Naipaul modified Western and Indian literary traditions for the West Indies and then the wider world to become an international writer whose subject matter includes the Caribbean, England, India, Africa, the United States, Argentina, and contemporary Islam.Thoroughly revised and updated, the second edition of V. S. Naipaul now includes an expanded Introduction, and discussion of his most recent novels A Way in the World and Half a Life, his Nobel Lecture, Naipaul's writings on Islam, and a survey of the main criticism by other writers and postcolonial theorists.

Author Notes

BRUCE KING, now a freelance writer and a leading international literary critic, was professor of English and has taught in universities in England, France, Nigeria, Canada, Israel, New Zealand and the United States. His publications include Modern Indian Poetry in English, second edition (Oxford, 2001) and Derek Walcott: A Caribbean Life (Oxford, 2000). He is series editor for Literature, Culture and Identity (Continuum), English Dramatists and Modern Dramatists (both Palgrave Macmillan).

Table of Contents

Miguel Street, The Mystic Masseur, and The Suffrage of Elvira
A House for Mr Biswasand The Middle Passage
Mr Stone and the Knights Companionand 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',Guerrillasand 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 & Writingand Half a Life
Naipaul's Critics and postcolonialism
Appendix A Naipaul's Family,A House for Mr Biswasand The Mimic Men
Appendix B Naipaul, Trinidad, Guyana and Africa
Selected Bibliography