A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas


Author : V. S. Naipaul
Publisher : Pan Macmillan
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ISBN : 1509803513
Pages : 640 pages
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With an introduction by author Teju Cole, A House for Mr Biswas is Nobel Prize in Literature winner V. S. Naipaul's unforgettable masterpiece. Heart-rending and darkly comic, it has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels, a classic that evokes a man's quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad. He was struck again and again by the wonder of being in his own house, the audacity of it: to walk in through his own front gate, to bar entry to whoever he wished, to close his doors and windows every night. Mr. Biswas has been told since the day of his birth that misfortune will follow him – and so it has. Meaning only to avoid punishment, he causes the death of his father and the dissolution of his family. Wanting simply to flirt with a beautiful woman, he ends up marrying her, and reluctantly relying on her domineering family for support. But in spite of endless setbacks, Mr. Biswas is determined to achieve independence, and so he begins his gruelling struggle to buy a home of his own.


Territorial Terrors

Territorial Terrors


Author : Gerhard Stilz
Publisher : Königshausen & Neumann
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ISBN : 9783826037696
Pages : 332 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (37 users)

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A House for Mr Biswas

A House for Mr Biswas


Author : Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
Publisher : Penguin Group
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Pages : 589 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (31 users)

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The book that first brought Naipaul worldwide acclaim, this richly comic novel tells the moving story of a man without a single asset who enters a life devoid of opportunity, and whose tumble-down house becomes a potent symbol of the search for identity in a postcolonial world.


Critical Response to V. S. Naipaul and Mulk Raj Anand

Critical Response to V. S. Naipaul and Mulk Raj Anand


Author : Amar Nath Prasad
Publisher : Sarup & Sons
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ISBN : 9788176253697
Pages : 228 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (253 users)

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V.S. Naipaul

V.S. Naipaul


Author : Mohit Kumar Ray
Publisher : Atlantic Publishers & Dist
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ISBN : 9788126903528
Pages : 328 pages
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V.S. Naipaul Has Claimed That All His Work Is Really One And He Has Been Writing One Big Book All These Years; Also, Considering The World He Has Stepped Into And The World He Has To Look At, He Cannot Be A Professional Novelist In The Old Sense. In His Early Youth Naipaul Took Up The Vocation Of A Writer As His Religion And, Since The Beginning Five Decades Ago, Has Drawn On His Intensely Personal Experience Of An Uprooted Person Adrift In The World, His Experience Of The Two Worlds To None Of Which He Could Really Belong An Experience That Imparts The Authentic Voice To His Works Both Non-Fiction And Fiction Enriched By A Distinct Autobiographical Flavour. Naipaul Himself Is Split Into His Characters In Whom Are Manifested Subtle Shades Of His Emotions And Traits. He Is Accidental Man, Dangling Man, History Man And The Mimic Man All Rolled Into One. Naipaul Is Also One Of Literature S Great Travellers, And His Absorption Into The Experience Of Rootlessness, The Alienating Effects Of Colonial Past On Today S Postcolonial People Has Taken Him To Africa, South America, India And All Over The World Not In Search Of Roots But In Search Of Rootlessness, And Has Yielded A Rich Harvest Of Travelogues Which Are About Much More Than Travel.An Author Of A Large Number Of Fictional And Non-Fictional Works, Naipaul Continues To Surprise, Excite, Provoke And Move Readers At Every Turn Of His Literary Voyage. Naipaul Has Unseverable Emotional Bond With India Which Remains For Him An Area Of Pain, An Ache For Which One Has A Great Tenderness Yet From Which He Wishes To Separate Himself. The World Of V.S. Naipaul Is The World Of Two Worlds. The Present Volumes Of Papers On Naipaul, Led By Naipaul S Nobel Lecture, Offer Illuminating Perspectives And Interesting Explorations Into This Rich, Enigmatic, Sad, Hilarious, And Fascinating World Of Naipaul.


A House for Mr. Biswas

A House for Mr. Biswas


Author : Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
Publisher :
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Pages : 531 pages
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Poor but high-caste Hindu of Trinidad, under the rule of his domineering mother-in-law, longs desperately for a house of his own. A picture of Hindu life in the West Indies.


Postcolonial Situation in the Novels of V.S. Naipaul

Postcolonial Situation in the Novels of V.S. Naipaul


Author : Champa Rao Mohan
Publisher : Atlantic Publishers & Dist
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ISBN : 9788126903474
Pages : 188 pages
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V.S. Naipaul Is One Of The Most Celebrated Names In English Fiction Today. In His Fiction, Naipaul Presents A Subtle And Sensitive Account Of The Poignant Experiences Of The Colonized People. On The Other Hand, His Commitment To Truth Makes Him Conscious And Critical Of The Shortcomings Of Traditional Cultures As Well. This, Added To His Pessimist Vision Of The World, Makes Him A Highly Controversial Writer. The Present Study Gives A Comprehensive Account Of The Major Works Of Naipaul By Enquiring Into The Postcolonial Themes Of Alienation, Mimicry, Search For An Authentic Selfhood, Power And Freedom That Emerge From Their Reading. The Study Provides Fresh Insights By Raising Questions About Naipaul S Treatment Of Women And African Characters In His Fiction.


Studies in Literature in English

Studies in Literature in English


Author : Mohit Kumar Ray
Publisher : Atlantic Publishers & Dist
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ISBN : 9788126904273
Pages : 254 pages
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This Anthology Comprising Eighteen Essays Provides Glimpses Of Mainstream British Literature As Well As Surveys Of American, African, And Canadian Writings In English, And In A Way A View Of The Practice Of English Writing Across The Globe. Here Are Fine Analyses And Sharp Critique Of, As Well As Fine Sensitive Response To, The Plays Of Shakespeare, The Poetry Of Dryden, Wordsworth, Keats, The Biographical Works Of E.M. Forster, The Drama And Poetry Of T.S. Eliot, In Addition To A Glimpse Of Some Plays By Modern British Playwrights. At The Same Time It Also Offers Critical Insights Into American Authors Like Langston Hughes And Ernest Hemingway, African Author Like Achebe, Or A Canadian Booker Winner Of Recent Times Like Yann Martin. There Are Discussions Of Naipaul S Novel And Travelogue.Another Unique Feature Of The Present Anthology Is A Small Bunch Of Essays Which Take Up The Related Issues Of Aesthetics And Literary Criticism, And Modern Trends And Movements In The Domain Of Ideas, Thus Reminding Of Once Again That Literature, Indeed, Can Never Be An Isolated Phenomenon.Students, Scholars And General Readers Of English Literature Will Find The Anthology Both Useful And Enjoyable.


Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons


Author : Anne McClintock
Publisher : U of Minnesota Press
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ISBN : 9780816626496
Pages : 562 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (626 users)

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The first collection to emphasize the complex interaction between gender and postcoloniality. Most people in the world, from Africa to Asia and beyond, live in the aftermath of colonialism. Their day-to-day lives are defined by their past history as colonized peoples, often in ways that are subtle or hard to define. In Dangerous Liaisons, eminent contributors address the issues raised by the postcolonial condition, considering nationhood, history, gender, and identity from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Among the questions they address are: What are the boundaries of race and ethnicity in a diasporic world? How have women been so effectively excluded from national power? What have been the historical aftermaths of different forms of colonialism? What are the cultural and political consequences of colonial partitions of the nation-state? Representing an essential intervention, Dangerous Liaisons is a crucial guidebook for those concerned with understanding postcoloniality at the moment when it is becoming more and more widely discussed.


V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer

V.S. Naipaul, Man and Writer


Author : Gillian Dooley
Publisher : Univ of South Carolina Press
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ISBN : 9781570035876
Pages : 196 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (35 users)

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Offering a survey of the life and work of the 2001 Nobel Laureate for Literature, V S Naipaul, this book introduces the readers to the writer widely viewed as a curmudgeonly novelist. It assesses each of Naipaul's major publications in light of his stated intentions, and traces the development of his writing style over a forty-year career.


India Related Naipaul

India Related Naipaul


Author : Rabindra Nath Sarkar
Publisher : Sarup & Sons
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ISBN : 9788176254496
Pages : 364 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (254 users)

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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, b. 1932, Trinidadian writer of Indian origin and Nobel Prize winner.


Music of Hindu Trinidad

Music of Hindu Trinidad


Author : Helen Myers
Publisher : University of Chicago Press
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ISBN : 9780226554532
Pages : 546 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (554 users)

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Like many other small towns in Trinidad, Felicity is populated almost entirely by East Indians. In their Caribbean exile, the residents of Felicity have created and recreated the music of their Hindu ancestors. Music of Hindu Trinidad is a fascinating account of the history and cultural significance of Hindu music that explores its symbolic, aesthetic, and psychological aspects while asking the larger question of how this music has contributed to the formation of identity in the midst of their great diaspora. Myers details the musical repertory of Felicity, which is based largely on north Indian genres including the traditional Bhojpuri folk songs and drumming styles brought by the first indentured laborers in 1845. In her engaging exploration of the fate of Indian classical music and new popular styles such as Hindi calypso, soca, and chutney, she even finds herself at the ancestral home of Trinidadian V. S. Naipaul in India. Copiously illustrated and accompanied by a compact disk, Music of Hindu Trinidad is a model ethnographic study.


Naipaul's Truth

Naipaul's Truth


Author : Lillian Feder
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN : 9780742508088
Pages : 300 pages
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Lillian feder illustrates how Naipaul has emerged as one of the world's greatest, and most controversial, living writers.


V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas

V.S. Naipaul's A House for Mr Biswas


Author : Arunoday Mukherjee
Publisher :
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ISBN : 9789380145693
Pages : 216 pages
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V. S. Naipaul: Displacement and Autobiography

V. S. Naipaul: Displacement and Autobiography


Author : Judith Levy
Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 1317379691
Pages : 141 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (317 users)

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Originally published in 1995. V. S. Naipaul, a Trinidadian of Indian descent living in the West, has written in many forms. Through an analysis of five works by Naipaul written in different modes and periods of his life, this study posits a relationship between a cultural condition and a choice of genre and narrative, or more specifically between cultural displacement and the writing of autobiography. Examining an aspect of Naipaul’s development as a post-colonial writer, this book is of interest in exploring the way that concepts of self determine the writing of texts. It considers ‘deflected autobiographies’, genre boundaries, quests for origin and expression, and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.


A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River

A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River


Author : Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
Publisher :
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ISBN : 9780965365468
Pages : 564 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (365 users)

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Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction

Eating and Identity in Postcolonial Fiction


Author : Paul Vlitos
Publisher : Springer
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ISBN : 3319964429
Pages : 330 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (319 users)

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This book focuses on the fiction of four postcolonial authors: V.S. Naipaul, Anita Desai, Timothy Mo and Salman Rushdie. It argues that meals in their novels act as sites where the relationships between the individual subject and the social identities of race, class and gender are enacted. Drawing upon a variety of academic fields and disciplines — including postcolonial theory, historical research, food studies and recent attempts to rethink the concept of world literature — it dedicates a chapter to each author, tracing the literary, cultural and historical contexts in which their texts are located and exploring the ways in which food and the act of eating acquire meanings and how those meanings might clash, collide and be disputed. Not only does this book offer suggestive new readings of the work of its four key authors, but it challenges the reader to consider the significance of food in postcolonial fiction more generally.