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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 a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament of trying to master an essentially metropolitan, imperial art form as an Asian colonial from a New World plantation island. He assesses Joseph Conrad, the writer most frequently cited as his forebear, and, in his celebrated Nobel Lecture, “Two Worlds,” traces the full arc of his own career. Literary Occasions is an indispensable addition to the Naipaul oeuvre, penetrating, elegant, and affecting.

About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at Oxford he began to write, and since then he has followed no other profession. He is the author of more than twenty-five books of fiction and nonfiction and the recipient of numerous honors, including the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Booker Prize in 1971, and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. He lives in Wiltshire, England.

Table of Contents

Reading and writing, a personal account — East Indian — Jasmine — Prologue to an autobiography — Foreword to The adventures of Gurudeva — Foreword to A house for Mr. Biswas — Indian autobiographies — The last of the Aryans — Theatrical natives — Conrad's darkness and mine — Two worlds.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307557469
Subtitle:
Essays
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Edited by:
Pankaj Mishra
Author:
Pankaj Mishra
Author:
Naipaul, V. S.
Author:
Mishra, Pankaj
Author:
V.S.Naipaul
Subject:
Literary Collections : Essays
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20040810
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
240

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