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The Writer and the World: Essaysby V. S. Naipaul
Synopses & Reviews
Spanning four decades and four continents, this magisterial volume brings together the essential shorter works of reflection and reportage by our most sensitive, literate, and undeceivable observer of the post-colonial world. In its pages V. S. Naipaul trains his relentless moral intelligence on societies from India to the United States and sees how each deals with the challenges of modernity and the seductions of both the real and mythical past.
Whether he is writing about a string of racial murders in Trinidad; the mad, corrupt reign of Mobutu in Zaire; Argentina under the generals; or Dallas during the 1984 Republican Convention, Naipaul combines intellectual playfulness with sorrow, indignation, and analysis so far-reaching that it approaches prophecy. The Writer and the World reminds us that he is in a class by himself.
"The most splendid writer of English alive today....He looks into the mad eye of history and does not blink." The Boston Globe
"[Naipaul] is indeed a master stylist, his prose precise and fresh. Yet always beating below the words is a true and tender heart....[M]any consider [him] to be the greatest living writer in the English language." Publishers Weekly
"Naipaul brings to the [nonfiction] genre an extraordinary capacity for making art out of lucid thought....I can no longer imagine the world without Naipaul's writing." Vivian Gornick, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Naipaul has virtually no peers as a writer of intensely literary but thoroughly well-reported journalism....A welcome summing-up of a distinguished journalistic career that matches Naipaul's accomplishments as a novelist." Kirkus Reviews
"Wonderfully insightful....Few writers are as qualified for the present moment, and few writers are as needed." The Orlando Sentinel
"Naipaul forces the traveler to think....[He is] ever curious, ever exact in his observations." Austin American-Statesman
"Splendid....Elegant and understated....Naipaul is insatiable in his pursuit of facts and brilliant in his analysis of them." The Sunday Star-Ledger
"A profound, bracing meditation on the legacy of the colonial world....His writing [offers] the world through eyes possessed of a noble clarity." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Perceptive...inspired, provocative....Naipaul has succeeded in richly articulating a writer's engagement with and exploration of the world." The San Diego Union-Tribune
"[R]igorously observed, eloquently composed....A writer who cherishes intellectual adventure, Naipaul grieves for all who are denied a genuine worldview, and the freedom to act on it." Donna Seaman, Booklist
The essential shorter works of reflection and reportage, many of them long out of print, by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature.
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 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.
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