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Naipaul, V. S. . HALF A LIFE. London, England: Picador, 2001. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine/Fine. Signed.

The author's thirteenth novel. One of V. S. Naipaul's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the American Edition. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents V. S. Naipaul's "Half A Life". His first novel after what was, for him, a long hiatus of six years. Published in Naipaul's "annus mirabilis" year: Within two weeks of its publication, he finally won the Nobel Prize. Many talented writers have since emerged in Naipaul's shadow. Zadie Smith is perhaps the most prominent among them, and the single greatest "breakthrough" writer from the Caribbean since Naipaul is indisputably Marlon James ("A Brief History of Seven Killings"). Still, what has always set Naipaul apart - and makes him an exemplary posthumous figure - is his relentless tough-mindedness. "Magic Seeds", the sequel-of-sorts to "Half A Life" (the two novels can be read independently of each other), was published in 2004, his final novel. "Plot is for those who already know the world; narrative is for those who want to discover it. This is what I would ask of the writer: How much of the modern world does his work contain?" (V. S. Naipaul). "The greatest writer of English prose" (London Observer). Bar none. Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul died on August 11, 2018 at the age of 85. An absolute "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by V. S. Naipaul. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Authentic signed Naipauls are rare. He has always been an elusive and reluctant signer. Most signed copies of his books are of the Limited Editions (on a tipped-in page). Signed copies of the regular First Editions (on the title page) are actually much more scarce than the former. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971 for "In A Free State". Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0330485164. $300.00

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