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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 the beginning it is just a car trip through Africa. Two English people--Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys, and Linda, a supercilious “compound wife” [117]-- are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital [111]. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amins Uganda. [111-12, 120, 130-1, 150, 178, 220-40] And the farther Naipauls protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. Alongside this Conradian tour de force are four incisive portraits of men seeking liberation far from home. By turns funny and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In A Free State is Naipaul at his best.

About the Author

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

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ISBN:
9781400030552
Author:
Naipaul, V. S.
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Author:
Naipaul
Location:
New York
Subject:
British
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Travelers
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Culture conflict
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West Indians
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East Indians
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Literary
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Literature-A to Z
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fiction;africa;novel;booker prize;short stories;literature;booker prize winner;trinidad;caribbean;trinidad and tobago;nobel laureate;postcolonial;20th century;nobel;british;caribbean literature
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
Bd. 13
Publication Date:
20020231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.33x4.87x.59 in. .43 lbs.

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