The Enigma of Arrival
V. S. Naipaul (Author)
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DescriptionFrom the Nobel Prize-winning author comes his " finest work" (Chicago Tribune)--and most autobiographical--taking us from the British colony of Trinidad to the ancient countryside of England. - "An elegant memoir, a subtly incisive self-reckoning." --The Washington Post Book World
The story of a writer's singular journey--from one place to another, from Trinidad to England, and from one state of mind to another--this is perhaps Naipaul's most autobiographical work. Yet it is also woven through with remarkable invention to make it a rich and complex novel.
April 12, 1988
5.19 X 0.71 X 7.99 inches | 0.66 pounds
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About the Author
V.S. NAIPAUL was born in Trinidad in 1932. He came to England on a scholarship in 1950. He spent four years at University College, Oxford, and began to write, in London, in 1954. He pursued no other profession. His novels include A House for Mr Biswas, The Mimic Men, Guerrillas, A Bend in the River, and The Enigma of Arrival. In 1971 he was awarded the Booker Prize for In a Free State. His works of nonfiction, equally acclaimed, include Among the Believers, Beyond Belief, The Masque of Africa, and a trio of books about India: An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now. In 1990, V.S. Naipaul received a knighthood for services to literature; in 1993, he was the first recipient of the David Cohen British Literature Prize. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. He died in 2018.
"Naipaul's finest work so far." --Chicago Tribune "An elegant memoir, a subtly incisive self-reckoning." --The Washington Post Book World "Far and away the most curious novel I've read in a long time, and maybe the most hypnotic book I've ever read." --St. Petersburg Times "The conclusion is both heart-breaking and bracing: the only antidote to destruction--of dreams, of reality--is remembering. As eloquently as anyone now writing, Naipaul remembers." --Time "V.S. Naipaul is a man who can inspire readers to follow him through the Slough of Despond and beyond.... Like a computer game [this book] leads the reader on by a series of clues, nearer and nearer to an understanding of the man and the writer. Few memoirs can claim as much." --Newsday