V.S. Naipaul, Nobel-winning novelist, dies at 85

Angelo Anderson
August 19, 2018

Sir VS Naipaul, who has died aged 85, was often cited as the greatest living writer in the English language and won nearly every possible literary prize including, in 2001, the Nobel.

Paying tribute, Sir Salman Rushdie wrote: "We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother".

In 1971, Naipaul became the victor of the Booker prize, and in 2001 received the Nobel prize for literature.

"He was one of the greatest literary talents of the last century, and he was quite a remarkable personality, with insights which I don't think anybody else had - on a personal level, on a broader civilisational level".

"He will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time", Theroux told The Associated Press during a telephone interview, citing his mastery of writing about families and colonialism.

It was called the giant, because he achieved everything he wanted.

It was based on the life of his father Seepersad, who was a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian.

In 1950, he moved to Britain to study at Oxford after winning a government scholarship to study at any commonwealth university in the world.


He also tried to engage in depression and self-indulgence in student life.

The Port of Spain became the setting for his first novel, Miguel Street, written in 1959.

Naipaul received a knighthood in 1990, and in 2001 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

British author V.S. Naipaul at his home near Salisbury, Wiltshire, October 11, 2001 after it was announced that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. "In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony", it added.

Throughout his career he was outspoken, notably criticising the famous novel of E M Forster, A Passage To India, and Tony Blair, who he likened to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution.

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and said, "Sir VS Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more".

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