V.S. Naipaul dead at 85
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.