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V.S. Naipaul

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 more than 30 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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Among the Believers
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 1982
$18.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-71195-9 (0-394-71195-5)

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." Read more

An Area of Darkness
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70835-0 (0-375-70835-9)

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

A Bend in the River
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1989
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72202-1 (0-679-72202-5)

In the "brilliant novel" (The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man—an Indian 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 nation... Read more

Between Father and Son
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$13.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70726-1 (0-375-70726-3)

  At seventeen, V.S. Naipaul wanted to "follow no other profession" but writing. Awarded a scholarship by the Trinidadian government, he set out to attend Oxford, where he was encountered a vastly different world from the one he yearned to leave behind. Separated from his family by continents, and grappling with...

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Beyond Belief
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | December 1999
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70648-6 (0-375-70648-8)

"Brilliant. . . . A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration." --The New York Times

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

"The book's strength lies in Naipaul's extraordinary ability as a storyteller to draw striking portraits of a cross section of individuals."--The Boston Globe

Fourteen years after the publication of his landmark... Read more

Collected Short Fiction
Written by V.S. Naipaul, Introduction by V. S. Naipaul
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | April 2011
$25.00/28.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-59402-0 (0-307-59402-5)

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

The Enigma of Arrival
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1988
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-394-75760-5 (0-394-75760-2)

The story of a writer's singular journey—from one place to another, from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England, and from one state of mind to another—this is perhaps Naipaul's most autobiographical work. Yet it is also woven through with remarkable invention to make it a rich... Read more

Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 1990
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73174-0 (0-679-73174-1)

A novel of colonialism and revolution, death, sexual violence and political and spiritual impotence. Read more

Half a Life
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2002
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70728-5 (0-375-70728-X)

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

A House for Mr. Biswas
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70716-2 (0-375-70716-6)

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

A House for Mr. Biswas
Written by V.S. Naipaul, Introduction by Karl Miller
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1995
$23.00/26.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-44458-9 (0-679-44458-0)


The book that turned the gentle satirist of the Caribbean into a major literary figure, this is the story of a man who, without a single asset, enters a life devoid of opportunity; his tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world. His most...

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In a Free State
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2002
$16.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3055-2 (1-4000-3055-2)

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

India: A Million Mutinies Now
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2011
$17.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-73973-5 (0-307-73973-2)

A New York Times Notable Book

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...

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Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$12.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3075-0 (1-4000-3075-7)

In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in... Read more

Literary Occasions
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3130-6 (1-4000-3130-3)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity—which have been brought together for the first time.
Here the subject is Naipaul’s literary evolution: the books that delighted him as... Read more

The Loss of El Dorado
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3076-7 (1-4000-3076-5)

The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V. S. Naipaul–himself a native of Trinidad–shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of... Read more

Magic Seeds
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2005
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70727-8 (0-375-70727-1)

Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s magnificent Magic Seeds continues the story of Willie Chandran, the perennially dissatisfied and self-destructively naive protagonist of his bestselling Half a Life.
Having left a wife and a livelihood in Africa, Willie is persuaded to return to his native India to join an underground movement on behalf... Read more

The Masque of Africa
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2011
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-45499-7 (0-307-45499-1)

A remarkable work of reportage by Nobel Prize Laureate V. S. Naipaul that surveys belief and religion among the disparate peoples of Africa.
Like all of Naipaul’s “travel” books, The Masque of Africa encompasses a much larger narrative and purpose: to judge the effects of belief (in indigenous animisms, the foreign religions of Christianity and Islam...

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The Middle Passage
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2002
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70834-3 (0-375-70834-0)

In 1960 the government of Trinidad invited V. S. Naipaul to revisit his native country and record his impressions. In this classic of modern travel writing he has created a deft and remarkably prescient portrait of Trinidad and four adjacent Caribbean societies–countries haunted by the legacies of slavery and colonialism and... Read more

Miguel Street
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-71387-3 (0-375-71387-5)

“A stranger could drive through Miguel Street and just say ‘Slum!’ because he could see no more.” But to its residents this derelict corner of Trinidad’s capital is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There’s Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build “the thing... Read more

The Mimic Men
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70717-9 (0-375-70717-4)

A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men masterfully evokes a colonial man’s experience in a postcolonial world.

Born of Indian heritage and raised on a British-dependent Caribbean island, Ralph Singh has retired to suburban London, writing his memoirs as a means to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories... Read more

The Mystic Masseur
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2002
$15.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70714-8 (0-375-70714-X)

In this slyly funny and lavishly inventive novel–his first–V. S. Naipaul traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village masseur who in time becomes a revered mystic, a thriving entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad. To understand a little better, one has to realize... Read more

The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70833-6 (0-375-70833-2)

V. S. Naipaul’s legendary command of broad comedy and acute social observation is on abundant display in these classic works of fiction–two novels and a collection of stories–that capture the rhythms of life in the Caribbean and England with impressive subtlety and humor.
The Suffrage of Elvira is Naipaul’s hilarious take on... Read more

A Turn in the South
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 1990
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-72488-9 (0-679-72488-5)

In the tradition of political and cultural revelation V.S. Naipaul so brilliantly made his own in Among The Believers, A Turn In The South, his first book about the United States, is a revealing, disturbing, elegiac book about the American South -- from Atlanta to Charleston, Tallahassee to Tuskegee, Nashville to... Read more

A Way in the World
Written by V.S. Naipaul
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 1995
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76166-2 (0-679-76166-7)

In his long-awaited, vastly innovative new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's great travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what is at once an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . a brilliant new prism through which to view (Naipaul's) life and work."--New York... Read more