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V.S. Naipaul dead at 85 : “The world is what it is.”

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12 Aug 2018 10:52 - 12 Aug 2018 11:00 #364997 by ketchim
torontosun.com/entertainment/books/nobel...ul-dead-at-85-family

Trinidad-born Nobel laureate whose precise and lyrical writing in such novels as
A Bend in the River and A House for Mr. Biswas
and brittle, misanthropic personality made him one of the world’s most admired and contentious writers,
died Saturday at his London home, his family said.
He was 85.
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12 Aug 2018 10:59 #364998 by ketchim
He was critical of colonialism, but set himself apart from any social movements.
He saw himself as a realist, cured of illusions, his outlook defined by the famous opening words of
A Bend in the River that became the title of a biography by Patrick French:
“The world is what it is.”

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12 Aug 2018 11:03 #364999 by ketchim
He called India a “slave society,”
quipped that Africa has no future
and explained that Indian women wear a coloured dot on their foreheads
to say “my head is empty.”
He laughed off the 1989 fatwa by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini against Salman Rushdie
as “an extreme form of literary criticism.”

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12 Aug 2018 11:06 #365000 by ketchim
The critic Terry Eagleton once said of Naipaul: “Great art, dreadful politics.”

Caribbean Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott complained that the author’s prose
was tainted by his “repulsion towards Negroes.”

C. L. R. James, a fellow Trinidadian writer, put it differently:
Naipaul’s views, simply reflected “what the whites want to say but dare not.”

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12 Aug 2018 11:08 #365001 by ketchim
In later years, he would repeatedly reject his birthplace as little more than a plantation.

“I was born there, yes,” he said of Trinidad to an interviewer in 1983.

“I thought it was a great mistake.”

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14 Aug 2018 16:54 #365017 by ketchim
anyone knows anyone heading to the Funeral ?

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