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The writer and the world : essays

Author: V S Naipaul; Pankaj Mishra
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002.
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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  Read more...
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Naipaul, V.S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
Writer and the world.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)606855191
Online version:
Naipaul, V.S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
Writer and the world.
New York : A.A. Knopf, 2002
(OCoLC)607902927
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: V S Naipaul; Pankaj Mishra
ISBN: 0375407391 9780375407390 0676975194 9780676975192
OCLC Number: 48494021
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 524 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: India --
In the middle of the journey --
Jamshed into jimmy --
Second visit --
Election in Ajmer --
Africa and the diaspora --
Papa and the power set Shipwrecked six thousand Ultimate colony --
Overcrowded Barracoon --
Power? --
Michael X and the Black power killings in Trinidad: peace and power --
New king for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa --
Crocodiles of Yamoussoukro --
Columbus and Crusoe --
American occasions --
Jacques Soustelle and the decline of the West --
New York with Norman Mailer --
Steinbeck in Monterey --
Argentina and the ghost of Eva Person, 1972-1991 --
Air-conditioned bubble: the republican in Dallas --
Heavy manners in Gerenada --
Handful of dust: Cheddi Jagan and the revolution in Guyana --
Postscript: our universal civilization.
Responsibility: V.S. Naipaul ; introduced and edited by Pankaj Mishra.
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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.

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