V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and The Mystic Masseur, and ten books of non-fiction including An Area of Darkness and Among the Believers. He has won the Booker Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Memorial Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the WH Smith award and in 1993 was awarded the first David Cohen British Literature Award. His new novel, Half A Life, was published in September 2001. Shortly afterwards he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He lives in Wiltshire.
The conclusion is both heart-breaking and bracing: the only
antidote to destruction - of dreams, of reality - is remembering.
As eloquently as anyone now writing, Naipaul remembers. * Time
A wonderful book . . . a magical book. -- Jan Morris * Independent *
Written with the expected beauty of style . . . Instead of diminishing life, Naipaul ennobles it. -- Anthony Burgess * Observer *