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

Works: 855 works in 3,403 publications in 8 languages and 93,090 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Domestic fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Controversial literature  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Records and correspondence  Satire 
Subject Headings: Authors, Trinidadian 
Roles: Dedicatee, Bibliographic antecedent, Contributor, Other, Creator, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR9272.9.N32, 823.914
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Most widely held works by V. S Naipaul
A house for Mr. Biswas by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
150 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,997 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 )
99 editions published between 1979 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 3,917 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 )
45 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 2,786 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
India : a million mutinies now by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
66 editions published between 1977 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Journalist-novelist Naipaul tells of an India gone wrong, filled with economic and political corruption. Much has changed since his 1962 trip: violence between conflicting religions and a greedy society obsessed with self-interest has smashed the idealism and hope of Nehru's developing secular India, as percolating ideas of freedom shake loose the old moral ethos rooted in caste and class. This kaleidoscopic travelogue concentrates on urban life while ignoring the rural villages where the majority of India's people live. Includes dozens of first-person stories, ranging from a wealthy young stockbroker to anti-religionists to a publisher of women's magazines. Despite what he terms regional, religious and sectarian excesses, Naipaul sees possibilities for regeneration in the new freedoms
Magic seeds by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
37 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,202 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 )
64 editions published between 1975 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,097 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 )
46 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Danish and held by 1,935 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
India : a wounded civilization by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
50 editions published between 1955 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi's "Emergency," V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past. Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians'from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay's homeless'Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization is a work of astonishing insight and candor. From the Trade Paperback edition
Miguel Street by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
136 editions published between 1959 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,867 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
The enigma of arrival : a novel by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
17 editions published between 1986 and 2013 in English and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of a writer's singular journey from Trinidad to England and from one state of mind to another
The mimic men by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
71 editions published between 1967 and 2013 in English and Italian and held by 1,746 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Forty-year-old Ralph Singh, exiled in disgrace from his Caribbean 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
In a free state by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
71 editions published between 1971 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,738 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 mystic masseur : a novel by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
105 editions published between 1957 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,634 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 loss of El Dorado : a history by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
67 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,630 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. Naipaulhimself a native of Trinidadshows 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. Focuses on the two widely separated historical situations--ill-fated attempts to exploit the island nation of Trinidad by the Spanish in the sixteenth century and the British in the eighteenth century--that called worldwide attention to the obscure island of Trinidad
The writer and the world : essays by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
25 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and held by 1,473 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
The return of Eva Peron, with the killings in Trinidad by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
28 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The masque of Africa : glimpses of African belief by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
10 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nobel Prize-winning author Naipaul spirals outward from the central African country of Uganda, to Nigeria, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Gabon, and concluding in South Africa, to unearth in six chapters a sense of African ancestral belief and practice
An area of darkness by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
79 editions published between 1964 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,025 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
A flag on the island by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
58 editions published between 1967 and 1993 in 3 languages and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of stories with settings in England, India and Trinidad, and ranging from humor to horror
Mr. Stone and the knights companion by V. S Naipaul ( Book )
52 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
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. 1932-
Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad
Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad, 1932-
Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad 1932- Vollstaendiger Name
Naipaul, Vidiahar Surajprasad
Naĭpol, V. S., 1932-
Naipols, V. S., 1932-
Najpol, V.S., 1932-
Nāyapāṃla, V. S. 1932-
Nībūl, Fī. As., 1932-
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul 1932-....
Найпол, В. С., 1932-
נאיפול, ו. ס. (װידיאדהר סוראיפרסד), 1932־
ف. س. نايبول، 1932-
ナイポール, V. S
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