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V.S. Naipaul: A house for Mr Biswas. Published by André Deutsch, 1961. Jacket design by Stephen Russ

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2001 ► Sir V. S. Naipaul (1932) is a Trinidadian British writer known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad and Tobago, his bleaker later novels of the wider world, and his autobiographical chronicles of life and travels. ♦ The Nobel Prize was awarded to V. S. Naipaul "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories".

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The early masterpiece by V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas is one of the twentieth century's finest novels. Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home and embarks on an arduous struggle to purchase a house of his own.

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A Bend in the River - V.S. Naipaul. Once heard it described as an "African Heart of Darkness", which of course, it isn't. Slow moving and sparse language make it less accessible, but rare in its examination of post-colonial Africa.

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A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/033052299X/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_dp_DJ02vb0F58ZHB

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