VS Naipaul -Trinidad-born Nobel prize-winning British author – dies aged 85

n Nobel prize-winning British author, dies aged 85

By Richard Lea – The Guardian. UK

V.S. Naipaul

Trinidad-born author won both acclaim and disdain for his caustic portrayals, in novels and non-fiction, of the legacy of colonialism

The writer VS Naipaul, who explored questions of place and identity for more than half a century, has died aged 85.

Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully in London. “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour,” she said. The author Sir Salman Rushdie paid tribute to Naipaul, writing: “We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia.”


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  • Ron Saywack  On August 12, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    VS Naipaul was one of the greatest writers in the Caribbean and a legend in his time. His passing is a loss for the literary world, but more so for his loved ones. It is also a reminder of how preciously limited our time on the planet is.

  • guyaneseonline  On August 13, 2018 at 4:09 am

    His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

    Posted: 12 Aug 2018 04:02 PM PDT

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — He was the rare literary figure of sufficient notoriety that newspapers had kept draft obituaries on file for decades. When news broke on August 11 that V.S. Naipaul had died at the age of 85, press coverage was swift and voluminous. It was a front-page story in Trinidad and Tobago’s […]

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    Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader pays tribute to V. S. Naipaul

    Posted: 12 Aug 2018 03:55 PM PDT

    By Kamla Persad Bissessar, MP, SC Leader of the Opposition of Trinidad and Tobago and Political Leader of the United National Congress “One isn’t born one’s self. One is born with a mass of expectations, a mass of other people’s ideas – and you have to work through it all.” ~ V. S. Naipaul I […]

    The post Trinidad and Tobago opposition leader pays tribute to V. S. Naipaul appeared first on Caribbean News Now.

    • Ron Saywack  On August 13, 2018 at 7:12 am

      “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe,” Gustave Flaubert.

      Thanks for sharing the above, Cy, very insightful, inspirational and revealing. It is, in a sort of surreal sense, a microcosm of the undefinable metaphysical component of the human spirit.

      Writing evinces the deepest, innermost recesses of the mind, of the intellect (or lack thereof), of the human experience, and of our brief, fleeting moment in the Cosmos.

      Regards, Ron.

  • dhanpaul narine  On August 13, 2018 at 9:35 am

    V.S. Naipaul-Brilliant writer but complicated legacy.

  • Albert  On August 13, 2018 at 11:13 am

    When I was young I tried to put my hands on everything Naipaul wrote. I love his caustic way of describing some situation. One I recall was his description of a politician at a meeting, “he spit on the crowd and they applaud” He was rough on Guyana, Trinidad, India and perhaps everywhere he went.
    When some refer to him as VS Nightfall I began to become a bit more critical.

  • llanosbryan  On August 13, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I read parts, only parts of a few of his books, and a writer chooses the material he uses, always, and, unfortunately, Naipaul laid out criticism that bespoke prejudice. I knew people who knew him and their encapsulated opinion was that he was a terrible snob. I stopped reading him because the disdain in his books was too bad. Like a sickness. It is sad he’s gone but a writer writes from himself. What else can one say ?

  • needybad4u  On August 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    “The world is what it is; men who are nothing,
    who allow themselves to become nothing,
    have no place in it.” ~ V.S. Naipaul

    We perhaps sometimes wish to disagree
    Or perhaps condescend with scrutiny
    Of his literary authorship flow
    His inking steadfastly for us to know
    From the Humming Bird island Trinidad
    What A House for Mr. Biswas we had
    Then coursing our colonial history
    From the heartland of British piracy
    Clinching the Nobel laureate in hand
    Sailing in A Bend in the River grand.

    ~ Leonard Dabydeen

  • dhanoaul narine  On August 13, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    No one could write like he can
    If only he were a nice man!

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