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A House for Mr. Biswas
by V. S. Naipaul, Ian Buruma (Illustrator)

589 pages (May 1993)
Unknown; ISBN: 0140186042

The book that first brought Naipaul worldwide acclaim, this richly comic novel tells the moving story of a man without a single asset who enters a life devoid of opportunity, and whose tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world.

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December 26, 1976

Writer Without Roots

On the basis of his 13 books--novels, short-story collections, works of history and travel-- Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul is, at 44, one of the most significant and original writers in the world today. His last novel, "Guerrillas," was named by the editors of The New York Times Book Review as "probably the best novel of 1975." His admirers include Margaret Drabble, Alfred Kazin and Anthony Powell. In Britain, where he lives, Naipaul has won almost every conceivable literary award, such as the prestigious $12,000 Booker Prize (voted to him in 1971 by, among others, Saul Bellow, John Fowles and Lady Antonia Fraser). One major award has so far eluded him--the Nobel Prize--although every year he is mentioned as a primary contender. One of the crucial questions is: What country would nominate him? Depending on one's point of view, either he is a man without a constituency or the world is his country. [read more]


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