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1st Edition

V. S. Naipaul (Routledge Revivals)

ISBN 9781138804593
Published January 6, 2016 by Routledge
114 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1988, Peter Hughes explores the work of V. S. Naipaul, and the interplay of fictional and non-fictional patters in what is his obsessive vision of human life. Hughes shows how Naipaul’s narratives pair off histories and novels, travel-writing and psycho-biography, reinforcing one another and Naipaul’s vision of ‘a world undoing itself’; a world of disorder and fantasy. He includes a reading of Naipaul’s texts, usually considered highly traditional, that shows their innovative side, and points out ways that they can be illuminated through modern literary theory. A detailed analysis, this companion to V. S. Naipaul’s writing will interest students of modern literature and those with an interest in Naipaul’s writing more generally.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements;  A note on the texts;  1. A world undoing itself  2. An end of the imagination  3. Islands in air  4. Trapdoors into a bottomless past  5. Plateaux of light;  Notes;  Bibliography

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