Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul: Unsparing, unapologetic & utterly unforgettable

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Nobel laureate Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, “Sir Vidia” to his many admirers, died on Saturday at his home in London. He was 85.

“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 endeavour,” his wife, Lady Nadira Naipaul, said in a statement.

Naipaul documented the migrations of peoples, the unravelling of the British Empire, the ironies of exile and clash between belief and unbelief in more than a dozen unsparing novels and as many works of non-fiction.

In many ways embodying the contradictions of the post-colonial world, he was born of Indian ancestry in Trinidad, went to Oxford on a scholarship and lived the rest of his life in England, where he forged an illustrious literary career. He was knighted in 1990.

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