Published into Vintage Classics to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Indian Independence and to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny
“The most notable commitment of intelligence that post-colonial India has evoked.. He is indispensable for anyone who wants seriously to come to grips with the experience of India.”
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“Brilliantly enjoyable… I loved the old Naipaul for his sardonic wit. The new one is to be loved for his sweetness of nature, amounting to sanctity. Everybody should read him.” AUBERON WAUGH, Sunday Telegraph
“A chain of voices that illustrates every phase of Indian life… a joy to read.”
PAUL THEROUX, Literary Review
“With this book he may well have written his own enduring monument, in prose at once stirring and intensely personal, distinguished by both style and critical acumen.”
V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. Since he started writing in 1954 he has won many prizes including the Booker Prize for his novel In A Free State (1971). He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River, The Magic Seeds and a collection of letters, Between Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.