Published: Mon, August 13, 2018

Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead

Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead

He was knighted in 1990 and won the Nobe Prize in Literature in 2001.

Naipaul's death was mourned by many including Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his loss leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".

In awarding him the prize, the Swedish Academy praised him "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories". His first book was The Mystic Masseur.

A House for Mr Biswas, published in 1961, is regarded as one of Mr Naipaul's most influential works.

Naipaul was born of Indian ancestry in Trinidad, gained an Oxford University scholarship, and then spent the rest of his life living in England.

Mr Naipaul notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, with the spat causing a rift for years.


Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, was known for works including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955.

Throughout his career he was outspoken, notably criticising Tony Blair as well as the famous novel of E.M. Forster, A Passage To India.

Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community. After her death in 1996, he married divorced Pakistani journalist Nadira Khannum Alvi. He was a scourge of anyone who used a cliche or an un-thought out sentence.

President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed his condolences through Twitter, saying he was saddened to learn about the passing away of Naipaul, "whose books are a penetrative exploration of faith, colonialism and the human condition, in his home in the Caribbean and beyond". "I found them usually leftwing and trivial and antiquated".

He also had a hair-raising relationship with author Salman Rushdie, once describing the Ayatollah Khomeini's 1989 fatwa on Rushdie as "an extreme form of literary criticism".

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