No­bel Prize-win­ning au­thor V.S. Naipaul dies at 85

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -


THE FAM­ILY of Trinidad-born British au­thor V.S. Naipaul says the No­bel Lit­er­a­ture lau­re­ate has died at the age of 85.

The fam­ily said in a state­ment late yes­ter­day that the nov­el­ist had died at his Lon­don home.

The writer’s wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he “died sur­rounded by those he loved, hav­ing lived a life which was full of won­der­ful cre­ativ­ity and en­deav­our”.

Born in Trinidad on Au­gust 17, 1932, Naipaul stud­ied at Ox­ford Univer­sity and pub­lished his first novel, The Mys­tic Masseur, in 1957. He went on to write dozens of books, many deal­ing with colo­nial­ism and its legacy.

Naipaul was awarded the No­bel Prize for Lit­er­a­ture in 2001 “for hav­ing united per­cep­tive nar­ra­tive and in­cor­rupt­ible scru­tiny in works that com­pel us to see the pres­ence of sup­pressed his­to­ries”.


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