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India: A Wounded Civilization
Published by Vintage Books
Casts an analytical eye than before over Indian attitudes, while recapitulating and probing the feelings aroused in the author by this vast, mysterious, and agonized country.
This is the second book in V.S. Naipaul's acclaimed Indian Trilogy . In 1964 V.S. Naipaul published An Area of Darkness , his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later, prompted by the Emergency of 1975, he came to write India: A Wounded Civilization . In this work he casts a more analytical eye than before over Indian attitudes, while recapitulating and further probing the feelings aroused in him by this vast, mysterious, and agonized country. What he saw and heard - evoked so superbly and vividly in these pages - reinforced in him a conviction that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration. A work of fierce candour and precision, it is also a generous description of one man's complicated relationship with the country of his ancestors. 'A devastating work, but proof that a novelist of Naipaul's stature can often define problems quicker and more effectively than a team of economists and other experts' - The Times . 'It is a long and angry stare at the obvious; it is humbling ...because it seems chasteningly right' - New Statesman . 'Brilliant' - Spectator .
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of letters, Between a Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
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