The Writer and the World: Essays

V. S. Naipaul

The Writer and the World: Essays
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The Writer and the World: Essays

V. S. Naipaul

Concentrating mainly on India, the Americas, Africa and the Diaspora, this wonderful collection of essays is a clear-eyed and magnificent introduction to this writer’s extraordinary world. During forty years of travel, V. S. Naipaul has created a wide-ranging body of work, an exceptional and sustained meditation on our world. Now his finest pieces of reflection and reportage - many of which have been unavailable for some time - are collected in one volume. With an abiding faith in modernity balanced by a sense of wonder about the past, Naipaul has explored an astonishing variety of societies and peoples through the prism of his experience. Whether writing about Indian mutinies and despair, Mobutu’s mad reign in Zaire, or the New York mayoral elections, he demonstrates time and again that no one has a shrewder intuition of the ways in which the world works. Infused with a deeply felt humanism, The Writer and the World attests powerfully not only to Naipaul’s status as the great English prose stylist of our time but also to his keen, often prophetic, understanding.

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