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A Bend in the River

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A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
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Dec 03, 2019 | ISBN 9781101908198

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“Naipaul is Conrad’s heir as the annalist of the destinies of empires in the moral sense . . . He transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony.” —The Swedish Academy, announcing the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature
“Naipaul is a magnificent novelist . . . A true aesthete and a true prophet . . . His work exemplifies the art that conceals art, and he is one of the greatest living craftsmen of English prose, perhaps the very greatest.” —The Atlantic
“For sheer abundance of talent, there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul.” —The New York Times Book Review

“The sweep of Naipaul’s imagination, the brilliant fictional frame that expresses it, are in my view without equal.” —Elizabeth Hardwick
“[Naipaul] watched postcolonial Africa with pitiless lucidity. His clear vision disturbs just as much today as it did when A Bend in the River was published . . . The novel presents uncomfortable truths about the real world and great events. But it is also the story of unimportant people who matter to us . . . [It] presents a terrifying vision of life as it is lived in dark corners of the world, beyond the soporific blanket of western affluence . . . These are men and women trapped in history like flies in glue.” —from the Introduction by Patrick Marnham

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