India : A Million Mutinies Now (Paperback)

Author: Naipaul, V. S.

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A "New York Times "Notable Book
Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul''s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author.
Arising out of Naipaul''s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, "India: A Million Mutinies Now "relates the stories of many of the people he met traveling there more than fifty years ago. He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society--the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This book represents Naipaul''s last word on his homeland, complementing his two other India travelogues, "An Area of Darkness "and "India: A Wounded Civilization."

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780307739735
SKU 217446964
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0307739732
Release Date 3/22/2011
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.25L x 1.25T
Author Info
V.S. Naipaul
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in Trinidad to parents of Indian descent. He immigrated to England in 1950 to attend Oxford and has spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. Working in English, Naipaul writes both fiction and nonfiction and says, "I see my nonfiction as an integral part of my work." His works are often satirical, and Naipaul invariably infuses his writing with a deep understanding of and affection for the Caribbean way of life. A central theme in his work is the damaging effect of imperialism on the people of the Third World, though he has also been accused by critics such as Edward Said for his marginalization of native cultures and his fierce attacks on fundamentalist Islam. Naipaul, despite his infamous ill-treatment of his friends, lovers, and mistresses, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990. Upon awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, the academy said, "Like the great masters of the past, V.S. Naipaul tells stories which show us ourselves and the reality we live in. His use of language is as precise as it is beautiful. Simple, strong words, with which to express the humanity of all of us." They add, "Against all likelihood, a spirit of pure comedy flows through his early books. It is a saving grace."
Praise
"[An] intricate, splendid and utterly memorable book."
"At times one wishes Mr. Naipaul would put more of himself into the book--give the reader the benefit of his dazzling reportorial skills and sharp historical mind. That he so seldom imposes himself on the narrative, however, seems entirely willful. It's as though he wanted to let his subjects address the reader directly without the moralizing scrim of an intermediary intelligence; it's as though he decided to try to suspend his own judgments, fears and perceptions. The result is a volume that creates a sympathetic portrait of life in contemporary India, a volume that is softer and less distinctive than the author's earlier books, if decidedly more compassionate."
From the Publisher
Annotation Naipaul's third book to deal with India is an optimistic look at the state of the country in the late 1980s. Returning after many years away to view India's economic and social achievements, Naipaul finds a new spirit of freedom and pride, even among the poor--whose situation, he emphasizes, is still desperate.
Editors Note Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul’s impassioned and prescient travelogue of his journeys through his ancestral homeland, with a new preface by the author. Arising out of Naipaul’s lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many of the people he met traveling there more than fifty years ago. He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society—the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This book represents Naipaul’s last word on his homeland, complementing his two other India travelogues, An Area of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0544
Publisher Vintage Books

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