V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 85: Nadira Naipaul, wife of Mr. Naipaul said, he was “a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavor.”
Paul Theroux, His friend and fellow author said that Naipaul had been in poor health prior to his death on Saturday. He continued but he had taken pride in having his work recognized.
“He will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time”. Theroux said, citing his mastery of writing about families and colonialism. He also never wrote falsely. He was very scrupulous about his writing. And he was very severe too about his writing.
Naipaul’s fiction and nonfiction reflected his personal journey from Trinidad to London. And also various stops in developing countries. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. This was for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works. That compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.
In an extraordinary career spanning half a century, Naipaul traveled as a self-described “barefoot colonial” from his rural childhood to upper class England. And he was hailed as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. From “A Bend in the River” to “The Enigma of Arrival” to “Finding the Centre,” Naipaul’s books explored colonialism and decolonization, exile and the struggles of the everyman in the developing world.
He criticize the colonialism. And set himself apart from any social movements. He saw himself as a realist, cured of illusions. His outlook defined by the famous opening words of “A Bend in the River” that became the title of a biography by Patrick French: “The world is what it is.” He was a great writer of contemporary of whole world.