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Title V.S. Naipaul's journeys : from periphery to center / Sanjay Krishnan.
Author Krishnan, Sanjay, author.
Publication New York : Columbia University Press, [2020]
Description 1 online resource
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The author of more than thirty books and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, V.S. Naipaul (1932-2018) is one of the most acclaimed authors of the twentieth century. He is also one of the most controversial. Naipaul grew up in Trinidad in an Indian immigrant community, and his depiction of colonized peoples has often been harshly judged by postcolonial critics as unsympathetic, misguided, racist, and sexist. Yet other readers praise his work as containing uncommonly perceptive historical and psychological insight. In V.S. Naipaul's Journeys, Sanjay Krishnan rereads Naipaul's work to offer new perspectives on his achievements, shortcomings, trajectory, and complicated legacy. While recognizing the flaws and prejudices that shaped and limited Naipaul's life and art, this book challenges the binaries that have restricted discussions of his writing. Krishnan reads Naipaul as self-subverting and self-critical, engaged in describing his own implication in what he saw as the malaise of the postcolonial world. Krishnan brings together close readings of major novels with considerations of Naipaul's work as a united project, as well as nuanced assessments of Naipaul's political commentary on ethnic nationalism and religious fundamentalism. Krishnan provides a Naipaul for contemporary times, illuminating how his life and work shed light on debates regarding migration, diversity, sectarianism, displacement, and other global challenges"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Intro -- Table of Contents -- Abbreviations -- Introduction -- I. Early Writings: 1955-1961 -- 1. Memories of Underdevelopment: Miguel Street -- The Middle Passage -- 2. Self and Society: The Suffrage of Elvira -- A House for Mr Biswas -- II. The Middle Period: 1962-1980 -- 3. Historical Identities: The Middle Passage -- An Area of Darkness -- 4. Fantasy and Derangement: The Loss of El Dorado -- India: A Wounded Civilization -- "Michael X and the Killings in Trinidad" -- 5. Ambiguous Freedom: "In a Free State" -- 6. Truth and Lie: A Bend in the River -- III. Late Works: 1981-2010
7. Productive Deformation: The Enigma of Arrival -- 8. Landscapes of the Mind: India: A Million Mutinies Now -- 9. Conversations with the Faithful: Among the Believers -- Beyond Belief -- 10. Concluding Reflections: Half a Life -- Magic Seeds -- The Masque of Africa -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
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Subject Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-2018 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-2018. (OCoLC)fst00041874
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
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Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Krishnan, Sanjay. V.S. Naipaul's journeys. New York : Columbia University Press, [2020] 9780231193320 (DLC) 2019025485
ISBN 0231550251
9780231550253 (electronic bk.)

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