Nobel Prize victor V S Naipaul passes away

Joann Johnston
August 12, 2018

One of his major novels was the semi-autobiographical "A House for Mr Biswas", which looked at the nearly impossible task for Indian immigrants in the Caribbean of trying to integrate into society while keeping hold of their roots.

He went on to write dozens of more books, many dealing with colonialism and its legacy, and Islamic fundamentalism. It recalled Naipaul's confession to The New Yorker that he bought sex and was a "great prostitute man", and recorded Naipaul's frank and disturbing comments on how that destroyed his wife, Hale, who died of breast cancer in 1996.

A statement released by the family today said the novelist died at his London home.

Sir Vidia, who as a child was read Shakespeare and Dickens by his father, was raised a Hindu and attended Queen's Royal College in Trinidad.

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He won the Booker Prize in 1971 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. "In a vigilant style, (he) transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony".

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, a Nobel laureate born in Trinidad, published more than 30 books over five decades, ranging from comic novels set in Trinidad and Tobago to memoir and travel writing.

Throughout his career he was outspoken, notably criticising the famous novel of E M Forster, A Passage To India, and Tony Blair, who he likened to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution.

He also notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the pair later reunited and resolved their differences. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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