Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul
This introductory study offers a critical overview of the major works of V. S. Naipaul from 1950 to the present day. Professor Mustafa's main concern is with literary issues, but historical, political and cultural questions are also addressed, with comparative references to other postcolonial works. Paradoxically, a major segment of Naipaul's non-western, pro-decolonisation readership seized on negative elements in his thinking, while Western reaction to his ideas and themes led to set notions about Third-World society. Thus, his work has always been the object of radically divergent views, dependent on the perspective of the reader. In examining this issue, Mustafa introduces general debates about postcolonial literary production and its contemporary interrogation of narrative techniques, language, gender, race, and canon formulation.
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African African Americans allows Naipaul appears Area of Darkness becomes Bend Biswas British career Caribbean cast chapter characters Civilization colonial colonialist Conrad's cultural despite discursive Dorado El Dorado empire encounters English Enigma of Arrival essay European Eva Peron example experience fantasy father fiction figure Finding the Centre frame Ganesh's gesture greater Third World Hindu Homi K House idea imperial India Islamic island journey Lebrun literary Literature London Calling Middle Passage Miguel Street Million Mutinies Mimic Mimic Men modernity Mystic Masseur Naipaul's Naipaul's early Naipaulian narrative narrator narrator's negritude nevertheless non-fiction novel observation offers Overcrowded Barracoon political postcolonial protagonist provides racial Ralph Singh's reference repr represents Return of Eva River Salim Sara Suleri satire sense serves setting social South status story subsequent Suffrage of Elvira suggests Suleri textual tion tradition Trinidad Trinidadian Tulsi University V.S. Naipaul West Indian writing Yamoussoukro