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Literary occasions : essays

Author: V S Naipaul; Pankaj Mishra
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2004, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity'which have been brought together for the first time. Here the subject is Naipaul's literary evolution: the books that delighted him as a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version
Named Person: V S Naipaul; V S Naipaul
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: V S Naipaul; Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 9780307557469 0307557464
OCLC Number: 644578093
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Reading and writing, a personal account --
East Indian --
Jasmine --
Prologue to an autobiography --
Foreword to The adventures of Gurudeva --
Foreword to A house for Mr. Biswas --
Indian autobiographies --
The last of the Aryans --
Theatrical natives --
Conrad's darkness and mine --
Two worlds.
Responsibility: V.S. Naipaul ; edited and with an introduction by Pankaj Mishra.

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Nobel laureate V.S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity'which have been brought together for the first time. Here the subject is Naipaul's literary evolution: the books that delighted him as a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament of trying to master an essentially metropolitan, imperial art form as an Asian colonial from a New World plantation island. He assesses Joseph Conrad, the writer most frequently cited as his forebear, and, in his celebrated Nobel Lecture, "Two Worlds," traces the full arc of his own career. Literary Occasions is an indispensable addition to the Naipaul oeuvre, penetrating, elegant, and affecting. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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