The Enigma of V S Naipaul by Helen Hayward

By Helen Hayward

The Nobel Prize-winning author, V S Naipaul has claimed, 'All my paintings is de facto one. i am writing one great book'. Taking him at his note, Helen Hayward sought to discover in her perceptive, well-researched and target research of the artist, the ordinary issues that run via his novels, trip books brief tales, articles and interviews over 40 years.
She first explores his bothered relationships along with his writer-father, Seepersad Naipaul, then his apparently ambivalent attitudes in the direction of his followed England, the Caribbean, India, the Islamic international, and Africa. What emerges is a author whose entire existence has been characterised by means of a profound distaste for facile decisions on politics, background, paintings and faith, an artist, who like rapid, is frequently such a lot witty while such a lot depressed and such a lot ironic while so much sympathetic. Born into and raised on a colonial global, he's appeared by way of many as probably the most trenchant critics of the corruption, greed and brutality of the post-colonial world.
Examining Naipaul's significant novels, go back and forth writing and autobiographical paintings, Helen Hayward lines a trend of issues and issues which solid new mild within the dating among the lifestyles and the paintings in addition to the inventive technique itself. She examines key Naipaulian techniques comparable to cultural alienation, detachment and nervousness, referring to them to the narrative of the writer's lifestyles, a narrative within which truth and fiction are intentionally and artistically blurred.

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