Sir VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist, Dies at Age 85

Sir VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-Winning Novelist, Dies at Age 85

His other works include the three stories in In a Free State (1971), Guerrillas (1975), A Bend in the River (1979), A Way in the World (1994), The Mimic Men (1967), The Enigma of Arrival (1987), Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998), Half a Life (2001), The Writer and the World (2002), Literary Occasions (2003), the novel Magic Seeds (2004) which was a sequel to Half a Life and In The Masque of Africa (2010).

Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his death leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".

Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community. "Only then would he consent to be questioned".

Beauty writer Patrice Yursik called Sir Vidia a "titan of Caribbean literature".

It was based on the life of his father Seepersad, who was a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian.

A government scholarship offered him a chance to escape, an immigrant once more as he travelled to Oxford in 1950 to study English.

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As a student, he struggled with depression and attempted suicide.

In 1990 he was knighted and he won numerous major prizes throughout his career, namely the Booker in 1971, which was said to have been awarded to "the best writer, but not the best book".

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, a Nobel laureate born in Trinidad, published more than 30 books over five decades, ranging from comic novels set in Trinidad and Tobago to memoir and travel writing.

Ten years later he would release what is considered his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.When he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the committee noted that his books "compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories".

It added: "Naipaul is a modern philosopher. In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony". After her death in 1996, he married divorced Pakistani journalist Nadira Khannum Alvi.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences through Twitter, saying he was saddened to learn about the passing away of Naipaul, "whose books are a penetrative exploration of faith, colonialism and the human condition, in his home in the Caribbean and beyond".

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