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Naipaul, V. S. . THE RETURN OF EVA PERON WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 228 pages. Fine/Fine.

Retrospective collection of essays. Now considered a late-modern classic. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. 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 "The Return of Eva Peron With The Killings In Trinidad". Some of the greatest journalism and literary criticism ever written in the 20th century, by a writer who is neither a professional journalist or literary critic. Here are gripping first-hand accounts on Trinidad, the author's birthplace, as well as now-seminal essays, "A New King For The Congo: Mobutu And The Nihilism of Africa" and "Conrad's Darkness". The eponymous piece remains unsurpassed as a searing indictment of Argentina (and by extension, Latin America) and its unbreakable cycle of eternal return: Back to authoritarianism, corruption, violence, and economic decline. The return of Peron is cyclical and symbolic as well as factual, an inevitability that disgraces Argentina. One may not know anything or care about these societies and cultures. Once one reads Naipaul's accounts, one is permanently riveted and enlightened. Writing about what is peripheral, he re-defines what is central. Naipaul makes the margins of modern life, his lifelong subject, become the center. "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 title is a classic. This is one of few 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: Copies available online have serious flaws: Price-clipped, fading on spine, dampstaining, browned page edges, you name it, this book seems to have endured more than its fair share. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A scarce 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0394509684. $70.00

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