Literature’s light in an area of darkness, V S Naipaul dies at 85

Written by Pratik Kanjilal
| New Delhi |
Updated: August 13, 2018 7:09:19 am

Sir VS Naipaul. (Express photo by Vasant Prabhu/File)

SIR VIDIADHAR Surajprasad Naipaul has died in London, aged 85, his family has announced. Western readers will remember him as a master of prose, both fiction and non-fiction, with a keen eye for reality and an even keener literary blade that stripped off the pleasant fictions and popular delusions which usually hide reality in plain sight. Readers in the former colonies would agree that this was the essence of Sir Vidia. But we also remember certain unpleasant facts and unpopular utterances. An area of darkness containing a wounded civilisation, relieved only by a million mutinies, discovered at a much later date? That’s all? Nissim Ezekiel answered the question very trenchantly in his 1976 essay,…

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