Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead

12 August, 2018, 10:06 | Author: Myra Gill
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Novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at his home in London aged 85, his family have said.

"He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour", his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said in a statement on Saturday.

For the latest news, download our app at http://bit.ly/GetALoopJM for Android; and at http://bit.ly/GetiLoopJM for IoS. His most famous works included A House for Mr Biswas, Miguel Street; the Mystic Masseur; and the Suffrage of Elvira.

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955.

In its Nobel citation, the Swedish Academy called him "a literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself".

Naipaul wrote more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction.

He also continued to publish award-winning novels.


The damaging effects of colonialism were a major concern of his work but in his acclaimed semi-autobiographical novel The Enigma of Arrival (1987) Naipaul told of a writer of Caribbean origin, who finds joys of homecoming in England after wandering years - it is only then that the world stops being a colony for him.

Writer V.S. Naipaul waits to receive his Nobel prize for literature at Stockholm's Konserthuset from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, Sweden December 10, 2001.

As his literary stature grew, so did his reputation as a hard, irascible personality.

He was a private man and did not have many friends, but his personal life entered the public domain when Theroux, whose relationship with Sir Vidiadhar had soured, published a stinging memoir about him in 1998.

Sir Vidia's Shadow described Naipaul as a racist, sexist miser who threw terrifying tantrums and beat up women.

"It could be said that I had killed her", he told biographer Patrick French.

He had a quarter-century, sometimes violent, affair with an Argentinian, and he married Pakistani journalist Nadira Alvi the same year Pat died. Naipaul's later books lost their playful humor, and some say much of their appeal.

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