In a Free State by V S Naipaul
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In a Free State
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In a Free State

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In a Free State by V S Naipaul

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No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives. In the beginning it is just a car trip through Africa. Two English people--Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys, and Linda, a supercilious compound wife [117]-- are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital [111]. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amin s Uganda. [111-12, 120, 130-1, 150, 178, 220-40] And the farther Naipaul s protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. Alongside this Conradian tour de force are four incisive portraits of men seeking liberation far from home. By turns funny and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In A Free State is Naipaul at his best."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781400030552
ISBN-10: 1400030552
Format: Paperback / softback
(212mm x 124mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books USA
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publish Date: 12-Feb-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author V S Naipaul

India: A Million Mutinies Now by V S Naipaul India: A Million Mutinies Now, Paperback / softback (March 2011)

Originally published: London: Heinemann, 1990.

Magic Seeds by V S Naipaul Magic Seeds, Paperback / softback (November 2005)

Presenting a moving tale of a man searching for his life and fearing he has wasted it, this novel is also a testing study of the conflicts between the rich and the poor, and the struggles within each.

Mystic Masseur by V S Naipaul Mystic Masseur, Paperback / softback (January 2002)

The Nobel Prize winner's first novel traces the unlikely career of Ganesh Ramsumair, a failed schoolteacher and impecunious village masseur who in time becomes a revered mystic and the most beloved politician in 1940s Trinidad.

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Author Biography - V S Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He has published more than 20 books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival and An Area of Darkness. He lives in Wiltshire, England. He was knighted in 1990 and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

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