Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Nobel Prize victor V S Naipaul passes away

Nobel Prize victor V S Naipaul passes away

British author V.S. Naipaul at his home near Salisbury, Wiltshire, October 11, 2001 after it was announced that he has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Reports out of the United Kingdom quotes his wife, Lady Naipaul, as confirming his death.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who began writing in the 1950s, won numerous coveted literary awards during his career during which he wrote critically acclaimed novels such as "A House for Mr Biswas", "In a Free State" and "A Bend in the River".

Author Anand Giridharadas said he "learned so much" from him, while writer Jeet Heer called him a "powerful novelist" who "at his best approached Conrad and even the shadow of Dickens". Other titles include "Miguel Street;" "A House for Mr. Biswas", with a protagonist based on Naipaul's father; "The Loss of El Dorado", a colonial history of Trinidad; and "Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples", on the eastern regions of the Islamic world.

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As a student, he struggled with depression and attempted suicide.

Born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932, Naipaul studied at Oxford University and published his first novel, "The Mystic Masseur", in 1957.

It added: "Naipaul is a modern philosopher".

He also notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the pair later reunited and resolved their differences. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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