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About V.S. Naipaul


About V.S. Naipaul

  • Sir VidiadharSurajprasad Naipaul, also known as Sir Vidia Naipaul or Sir V. S. Naipaulwas, was born Trinidad, where his paternal grandfather had emigrated from India in the 1880s as an indentured servant to work on the sugar plantations.
  • He went to Oxford University on a scholarship and lived the rest of his life in England, where he forged one of the most illustrious literary careers of the last half century.
  • His notable works include A House for Mr Biswas, In a Free State, A Bend in the River and The Enigma of Arrival.
  • Notable awards include Booker Prize in 1971 and Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.
  • He documented the migrations of peoples, the unravelling of the British Empire, the ironies of exile and the clash between belief and unbelief in more than a dozen novels and as many works of non-fiction.


Mr. Naipaul and India

  • His triology of works on India include An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilisation and India: A Million Mutinies Now.
  • Naipaul’s novel, A Bend in the River (1979), centres on an Indian from East Africa in an unnamed, newly independent African nation.
  • Half a Life (2001) is a novel about an Indian immigrant to England and then Africa. He becomes “half a person,” as Naipaul has said, “living a borrowed life.”


Nobel prize

  • He was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2001. The committee said Sir Vidia had “united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.


His philosophy

  • Naipaul was a staunch defender of Western civilisation.
  • His guiding philosophy was universalism.
  • Naipaul was confident that what he called “Our Universal Civilisation” would prevail.
Section : Miscellaneous
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