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V.S. Naipaul
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V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published thirty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, A Turn in the South and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

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Contemporary World Literature
The African Trilogy; House of the Spirits; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Cairo Trilogy; A House for Mr. Biswas; Midnight's Children
Written by Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz and V.S. Naipaul


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $165.95

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Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 1982
Price: $16.00

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... Read more >
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Among the Believers
An Islamic Journey
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2011
Price: $13.99

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An Area of Darkness

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95

A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.
Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in... Read more >
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An Area of Darkness

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 20, 2010
Price: $13.99

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A Bend in the River

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 1989
Price: $15.95

In what The New York Times calls a "brilliant novel," V.S. Naipaul takes us into the life of an Indian man 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 newly independent African... Read more >
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A Bend in the River

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 20, 2010
Price: $11.99

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Between Father and Son
Family Letters
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $13.00

V. S. Naipaul is perhaps the most famous émigré writer since Vladimir Nabokov, and though he always spoke and wrote English, his self-imposed exile to England from his native Trinidad represented a cultural shift as profound as learning to think in another language. In this moving, novel-like correspondence, we witness the... Read more >
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Between Father and Son
Family Letters
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $9.99

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Beyond Belief
Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $17.00

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Beyond Belief is a book about one of the more important and unsettling issues of our time: the effects of the Islamic conversion of Indonesia, Iran, Pakistan, and Malaysia.  What has Islam done to the histories of these converted countries? How do the converted... Read more >
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Beyond Belief
Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 15, 2012
Price: $12.99

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Collected Short Fiction

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Hardcover, 440 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $25.00

For the first time: the Nobel Prize winner’s stunning short fiction collected in one volume, with an introduction by the author.

Over the course of his distinguished career, V. S. Naipaul has written a remarkable array of short fiction that moves from Trinidad to London to Africa. Here are the stories from... Read more >
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Collected Short Fiction

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 12, 2011
Price: $12.99

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The Enigma of Arrival

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 12, 1988
Price: $15.95

This is the autobiographical novel of a writer's journey from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England.

"Naipaul's finest work so far."--Chicago Tribune Read more >
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The Enigma of Arrival

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Guerrillas

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 1990
Price: $15.00

Set on a troubled Caribbean island--where Asians, Africans, Americans, and former British colonials coexist in a state of suppressed hysteria--Guerrillas is a novel of colonialism and revolution. The exiled former hero of the South African resistance, who is also white, arrives on the island with his mistress, an Englishwoman inflamed by... Read more >
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Guerrillas

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 13, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Half a Life
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $15.00

In a narrative that moves with dreamlike swiftness from India to England to Africa, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul has produced his finest novel to date, a bleakly resonant study of the fraudulent bargains that make up an identity.

The son of a Brahmin ascetic and his lower-caste wife, Willie Chandran grows... Read more >
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Half a Life
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 23, 2009
Price: $11.99

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A House for Mr. Biswas
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 13, 2001
Price: $16.95

The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul’s brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul’s father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels.

In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of... Read more >
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A House for Mr. Biswas

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Hardcover, 508 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 14, 1995
Price: $22.00

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A House for Mr. Biswas
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 576 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 20, 2010
Price: $11.99

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In a Free State
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 2002
Price: $15.00

No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives.

In... Read more >
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In a Free State
A Novel
Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 30, 2011
Price: $11.99

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India: A Million Mutinies Now

Written by V.S. Naipaul


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 22, 2011
Price: $17.95

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, 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, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many... Read more >
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