Tributes paid to ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ V.S. Naipaul BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Leading literary figures have paid tribute to British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul following his death at the age of 85. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/tributes-paid-to-one-of-the-greatest-writers-of-our-time-vs-naipaul-37207734.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37207731.ece/e8261/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_3d22f34c-99ea-4697-b311-665771410718_1 Email Leading literary figures have paid tribute to British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul following his death at the age of 85. The writer, who penned more than 30 books over his lifetime, died peacefully at his London home, his family said. Announcing his death on Saturday night, his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said he had lived a life “full of wonderful creativity and endeavour”. Naipaul was famously outspoken throughout his career, and notoriously fell out … [Read more...] about Tributes paid to ‘one of the greatest writers of our time’ V.S. Naipaul
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Twenty years ago when I first met Vidia he was considered the most intimidating figure in the literary world. He would send journalists packing after two questions if he felt they had not read his works. When I went to interview him at his home in Wiltshire his wife Nadira took pity on me and asked him to be kind. And he was. For the next 20 years. While he had a reputation as irascible and fearsome and his observations and prose were as sharp as glass, his vulnerability, gentleness and gestures of generosity were equally moving. Literary giant V S Naipaul won a Nobel Prize, a knighthood and the Booker Prize for his 1971 novel In A Free State For me that generosity included having two books, including the masterly A Bend In The River, dedicated to me. His books explored identity and loss, corruption and different kinds of exile. And he was often himself the subject, the poor boy from Trinidad who made his way on a scholarship to Oxford with one goal: to write. And he never … [Read more...] about Literary giant V S Naipaul dies aged 85
Nobel prize-winning British author V.S. Naipaul has died at the age of 85, his family announced on Saturday. "He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour," his wife Lady Naipaul said in a statement. She described him as a "giant in all that he achieved". Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul wrote more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001. Born in Trinidad, the son of an Indian civil servant, he studied English literature at Oxford University before basing his life in England. But he spent much of his time travelling and became a symbol of modern rootlessness. Awarding him the Nobel, the Swedish Academy said he was a "literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice". Many of his works examined the traumas of post-colonial change. One of his major novels was the semi-autobiographical "A House for Mr Biswas", which looked at the almost impossible task for Indian immigrants … [Read more...] about Nobel-winning writer V.S. Naipaul dies aged 85
British author V.S Naipaul dies aged 85 BelfastTelegraph.co.uk British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul has died peacefully at his home in London aged 85, his family said. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/british-author-vs-naipaul-dies-aged-85-37207438.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37207437.ece/c0e14/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_7d661744-6101-4b70-bd7f-0e79fabb110a_1 Email British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul has died peacefully at his home in London aged 85, his family said. His wife, Lady Nadira Naipaul, said in a statement to the Press Association: “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died peacefully surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.” The author, who had written more than thirty books, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for “having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that … [Read more...] about British author V.S Naipaul dies aged 85
Patrick Skene Catling 4 August 2018 9:00 AM 4 August 2018 9:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp The Naipauls of Nepaul Street Savi Naipaul AkalPeepal Tree, pp.204, £13.99 Savi Naipaul Akal’s publishing house is named after the peepal tree, in whose shade Buddha is said to have achieved enlightenment. The author’s industriously detailed memoir reveals nothing quite so brilliantly life-enhancing but presents persuasive statements in favour of family loyalty, domestic order and higher education, while allowing herself opportunities to express resentment of a disturbing sibling rival. She was proud when her brother Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature, but dismayed when his acknowledgement of it failed to mention Trinidad, the land of his birth. He called his prize ‘a great tribute to both England, my home, and India, the home of my ancestors’. Vidia’s antecedents were … [Read more...] about Why has V.S. Naipaul rejected the Trinidad of his birth?