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Last Week in Literary History

August 17th, 2002

In 1932, Indian-Caribbean novelist V.S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul (A House for Mr. Biswas, 1961) is born in Trinidad.

V.S. Naipaul, b. August 17, 1932

Naipaul has become an immensely respected and honored writer (Booker Prize in 1971, Nobel thirty years later) without surrendering his reputation for controversy. His novels and especially his non-fiction works have been intrepreted as racist and neo-colonial, he has been an unrepentant apologist for Western civilization, he has angered almost everyone with his view that women’s writing is inferior to men’s, and he has not hesitated to be critical of Islam. More thoroughly than any other living writer, he has turned an uncomforting mirror to our times.

Suggested Reading Novels The Suffrage of Elvira, 1958. A House for Mr Biswas, 1961. In a Free State, 1971. A Bend in the River, 1979. A Way in the World, 1994. Non-fiction & Travel The Middle Passage, 1962. The Loss of El Dorado, 1969. India: A Wounded Civilization, 1977. A Congo Diary, 1980. Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey, 1981. A Turn in the South, 1989. A Writer’s People: Ways of Looking and Feeling, 2007.

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