Remembering V. S. Naipaul

By Luis Diaz | August 27 2018 | Humanities & Social Sciences

Mr. Naipaul, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, wrote about the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean, where he was born.

The New York Times writes:

Mr. Naipaul personified a sense of displacement. Having left behind the circumscribed world of Trinidad, he was never entirely rooted in England. In awarding him the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, the Swedish Academy described him as “a literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice.

V. S. Naipaul was the Nobel Prize–winning author of more than twenty books of fiction and nonfiction. He received numerous honors including the Man Booker Prize for In a Free State in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990.

Read the rest of the NYT tribute below.


Watch V.S. Naipaul present his 2 minute speech at the Nobel Banquet, December 10, 2001.



A House for Mr. Biswas
A Novel
Winner of the Nobel Prize 
$19.00 US
Mar 13, 2001
576 Pages

Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Based on his seven-month journey across the Asian continent, Naipaul  explores the life, culture and current ferment inside four nations of Islam: Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  He depicts an Islamic world at odds with the modern world, fueled only by an implacable determination to believe. Naipaul's controversial account of his travels through the Islamic world was hailed by The New Republic as "the most notable work on contemporary Islam to have appeared in a very long time."
$18.00 US
Jul 12, 1982
448 Pages

A Bend in the River
Finalist for the Man Booker Prize 
$18.00 US
Mar 13, 1989
288 Pages

The Middle Passage
The Caribbean Revisited
In this masterpiece of travel writing first published in 1962, V. S. Naipaul returned to Trinidad, his country of origin, and explored four adjacent societies.
$16.00 US
Jan 08, 2002
256 Pages