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Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) 1932-

Works: 688 works in 3,727 publications in 26 languages and 95,683 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Controversial literature  Records and correspondence  Satire  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Subject Headings: Authors, Trinidadian 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Dedicatee, Creator, Other
Classifications: PR9272.9.N32, 823.914
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Most widely held works about V. S Naipaul
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Most widely held works by V. S Naipaul
India : a wounded civilization by V. S Naipaul( Book )
183 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in 10 languages and held by 4,715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Discusses India's history and civilization and examines some of the current concerns and problems of that ancient land
A house for Mr. Biswas by V. S Naipaul( Book )
219 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 12 languages and held by 4,244 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Owning a small portion of the Trinidad earth and a respectable house of his own is the dream that sustains Mohun Biswas through a life of frustration and despair after he marries into the domineering Tulsi family
A bend in the river by V. S Naipaul( Book )
136 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 4,096 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After a recent civil war, a country in the interior of Africa is under a new President, whose insane energy and crudity have made his power felt everywhere including an isolated village at a bend in the river
Half a life by V. S Naipaul( Book )
98 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in 15 languages and held by 2,993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Willie Chandran flees the heritage of his mixed class birth in India for the bohemian life of a writer in 1950s London. He falls in love with a woman and returns with her to Africa, living through the last days of colonialism
The enigma of arrival : a novel by V. S Naipaul( Book )
74 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of a writer's singular journey from Trinidad to England and from one state of mind to another
Magic seeds by V. S Naipaul( Book )
54 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 2,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Willie Chandran feels as though the life he lives is not his own. But his listlessness washes away in a flood of encouragement from his radically political sister. Inspired, he joins an underground liberation movement in India. But after years of revolution and incarceration, he grows disillusioned and returns to England, still hoping to find his true self
Guerrillas by V. S Naipaul( Book )
105 editions published between 1975 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 2,247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A former hero of the South African resistance and his English mistress arrive on a troubled Caribbean island, where their involvement with a young mulatto revolutionary leader leads to violence
A way in the world : a novel by V. S Naipaul( Book )
70 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of narratives on the subject of history and the people who make it. One follows the last expedition of Sir Walter Raleigh before he was sent to the Tower, another chronicles Francisco de Miranda's disastrous invasion of South America, a third is about a Panamanian communist in the 1930s
Miguel Street by V. S Naipaul( Book )
177 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 17 languages and held by 2,024 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bogart the bigamist, B. Wordsworth the poet, and Morgan the pyrotechnist are among the poor inhabitants of Miguel Street seen through the eyes of a fatherless boy growing up in Port of Spain, Trinidad
In a free state by V. S Naipaul( Book )
110 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 13 languages and held by 1,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A short novel on two English people and their search for freedom in a complex African nation accompanies two works of fiction which illustrate the consequences of liberation
The mimic men by V. S Naipaul( Book )
105 editions published between 1967 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribgean home island, recalls, in a shoddy London boarding house, the too-large and too-fast events that proved beyond his control and destroyed his political career
The loss of El Dorado : a history by V. S Naipaul( Book )
96 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The history of Trinidad begins with a delusion: the belief that somewhere nearby on the South American mainland lay El Dorado, the mythical kingdom of gold. In this extraordinary and often gripping book, V. S. Naipaul'himself a native of Trinidad'shows how that delusion drew a small island into the vortex of world events, making it the object of Spanish and English colonial designs and a mecca for treasure-seekers, slave-traders, and revolutionaries. Amid massacres and poisonings, plunder and multinational intrigue, two themes emerge: the grinding down of the Aborigines during the long rivalries of the El Dorado quest and, two hundred years later, the man-made horror of slavery. An accumulation of casual, awful detail takes us as close as we can get to day-to-day life in the slave colony, where, in spite of various titles of nobility, only an opportunistic, near-lawless community exists, always fearful of slave suicide or poison, of African sorcery and revolt. Naipaul tells this labyrinthine story with assurance, withering irony, and lively sympathy. The result is historical writing at its highest level. From the Trade Paperback edition
The mystic masseur : a novel by V. S Naipaul( Book )
127 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 8 languages and held by 1,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village entrepreneur, and the most beloved politician in Trinidad. To understand a little better, one has to realize that in the 1940s masseurs were the island's medical practitioners of choice." -- Back cover
The return of Eva Peron, with the killings in Trinidad by V. S Naipaul( Book )
54 editions published between 1980 and 1999 in 4 languages and held by 1,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The writer and the world : essays by V. S Naipaul( Book )
30 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
For forty years V.S. Naipaul has been traveling and, through his writing, creating one of the most wide-ranging and sustained meditations on our world. Now, for the first time, his finest shorter pieces of reflection and reportage are collected in one volume. With an abiding faith in the redemptive power of modernity balanced by a sense of wonder about the past, Naipaul has explored an astonishing variety of societies and peoples through the many-sided prism of his own experience. Whether writing about the Muslim invasions of India, Mobutu's mad reign in Zaire, or the New York mayoral elections, he has demonstrated again and again that no one has a shrewder intuition of the ways in which power works, of the universal relation of the exploiter and the exploited. And no one has put forth a more consistently eloquent defense of the dignity of the individual and the value of civilization. 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
An area of darkness by V. S Naipaul( Book )
105 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A classic of modern travel writing, An Area of Darkness is Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul?s profound reckoning with his ancestral homeland and an extraordinarily perceptive chronicle of his first encounter with India.Traveling from the bureaucratic morass of Bombay to the ethereal beauty of Kashmir, from a sacred ice cave in the Himalayas to an abandoned temple near Madras, Naipaul encounters a dizzying cross-section of humanity: browbeaten government workers and imperious servants, a suavely self-serving holy man and a deluded American religious seeker. An Area of Darkness also abounds with Naipaul?s strikingly original responses to India?s paralyzing caste system, its apparently serene acceptance of poverty and squalor, and the conflict between its desire for self-determination and its nostalgia for the British raj. The result may be the most elegant and passionate book ever written about the subcontinent.From the Trade Paperback edition
The masque of Africa : glimpses of African belief by V. S Naipaul( Book )
12 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and French and held by 1,105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
I spent eight to nine months in East Africa in 1966. A month in Tanzania; six weeks or so in the Kenya Highlands; the rest of the time in Uganda. Some years later I even used a version of Uganda in a piece of fiction; you can do that only when you feel you have a fair idea of a place, or an idea sufficient for your needs. Forty-two years after that first visit I went back to Uganda. I was hoping to get started there on this book about the nature of African belief, and I thought it would be better to ease myself into my subject in a country I knew or half knew. But I found the place eluding me
Mr. Stone and the knights companion by V. S Naipaul( Book )
71 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in 6 languages and held by 1,042 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Seul roman de l'auteur, né à Trinité, consacré à son pays d'adoption: l'Angleterre. Un bibliothécaire de 62 ans se marie et incite ses employeurs à pratiquer les vertus de l'innovation sociale. Très bon, mais le chef-d'oeuvre de Naipaul demeure ##Une maison pour Mr Biswas## (1959). C.r. B.G., ##Le Monde##, 27 septembre 1985, p. 17
A flag on the island by V. S Naipaul( Book )
66 editions published between 1967 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories with settings in England, India and Trinidad, and ranging from humor to horror
The suffrage of Elvira by V. S Naipaul( Book )
64 editions published between 1958 and 1991 in 3 languages and held by 829 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Verslag van de verkiezingsstrijd op het platteland van het pas onafhankelijk geworden Trinidad
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Alternative Names
Naibao'er, V. S., 1932-
Naipaul, V. S.
Naipaul V. S. 1932-....
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad)
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
Naipaul, Vedladhar Surajprasad 1932-
Naipaul , Vidiadhar S.
Naipaul, Vidiadhar S. 1932-
Naipaul , Vidiadhar Surajprasad
Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad 1932-
Naipaul, Vidiahar Surajprasad
Naĭpol, V. S. 1932-
Naipols, V. S. 1932-
Najpol, V.S. 1932-
Nāyapāṃla, V. S. 1932-
Nībūl, Fī. As 1932-
V. S. Naibao'er, 1932-
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul 1932-....
Найпол, В. С 1932-
נאיפול, ו. ס 1932־
נאיפול, ו. ס. (װידיאדהר סוראיפרסד), 1932־
ف. س. نايبول، 1932-
ナイポール, V. S
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