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V. S. Naipaul

Trinidadian-British writer

Died when: 85 years 359 days (1031 months)
Star Sign: Leo


V. S. Naipaul

Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (; 17 August 1932 – 11 August 2018), commonly known as V.S.Naipaul and, familiarly, Vidia Naipaul, was a Trinidad and Tobago-born British writer of works of fiction and nonfiction in English.

He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad, his bleaker novels of alienation in the wider world, and his vigilant chronicles of life and travels.

He wrote in prose that was widely admired, but his views sometimes aroused controversy.He published more than thirty books over fifty years.

Naipaul won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his novel In a Free State.He won the Jerusalem Prize in 1983, and in 1989, he was awarded the Trinity Cross, Trinidad and Tobago's highest national honour.

He received a knighthood in Britain in 1990, and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.In the late 19th century, Naipaul's grandparents had emigrated from India to work in Trinidad's plantations as indentured servants.

His breakthrough novel A House for Mr Biswas was published in 1961.On the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, he dedicated it to Patricia Anne Hale, to whom he was married from 1955 until her death in 1996.

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