The Writer and the World: Essays


by V.S. Naipaul

The essential shorter works of reflection and reportage, many of them long out of print, by the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature.


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Spanning four decades and four continents, this magisterial volume brings together the essential shorter works of reflection and reportage by our most sensitive, literate, and undeceivable observer of the post-colonial world. In its pages V. S. Naipaul trains his relentless moral intelligence on societies from India to the United States and sees how each deals with the challenges of modernity and the seductions of both the real and mythical past.

Whether he is writing about a string of racial murders in Trinidad; the mad, corrupt reign of Mobutu in Zaire; Argentina under the generals; or Dallas during the 1984 Republican Convention, Naipaul combines intellectual playfulness with sorrow, indignation, and analysis so far-reaching that it approaches prophecy. The Writer and the World reminds us that he is in a class by himself.

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Length: 524 pages
Dimensions: 195 x 127 mm


September 1st 2003 by Picador USA (first published 2002)


Nonfiction, Essays

The Writer and the World: Essays


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