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Naipaul, V. S. (Author) & Mishra, Pankaj (Editor). V.S. NAIPAUL: LITERARY OCCASIONS. New York City, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 206 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of essays. One of the most important literary events of the year 2003. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with the Softcover Edition. The companion volume to the massive "The Writer And The World", it is also scrupulously edited with a brilliant Introduction by Pankaj Mishra. "His sharp reminiscences reveal the source of his unflinching, often controversial analyses of cultural assumptions, the politics of prejudice, and the unreliability of history as he considers the confounding disconnection between his early desire to be a writer and his inability to lose himself in books because what he read had so little to do with his life. In writing about his painful struggle to find his writing voice, Naipaul considers the legacy of imperialism and relates the incredibly moving story of his father, a self-taught writer. Naipaul's vigorous interpretations of Conrad, Dickens, and R. K. Narayan, and candid self-disclosure cogently explicate the mysterious call to write and celebrate the radiance literature brings to lives otherwise relegated to the shadows" (Booklist). The collection ends, aptly and beautifully, with "Two Worlds", Naipaul's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, a summing-up of his magnificent career. "The greatest writer of English prose" (London Observer). A "must-have" title for V. S. Naipaul collectors. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a very long time. This is one of relatively few copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. 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 the 20th century. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER V. S. NAIPAUL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375415173. $20.00

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