V.S. Naipaul dead at 85

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - World -

No­bel prize-win­ning Bri­tish author Sir V.S. Naipaul has died at the age of 85.

“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, knighted in 1990, mixed fic­tion, non­fic­tion and au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. He wrote more than 30 books, and was a win­ner of the Booker Prize.

He had a rep­u­ta­tion for cut­ting peo­ple out of his life and once said: “My life is short. I can’t lis­ten to ba­nal­i­ties.” He pulled out of a Turk­ish lit­er­ary event in 2010 af­ter protests over his views that Is­lam both en­slaved and at­tempted to wipe out other cul­tures.

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