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Deaths: Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul died at the age of 85

Deaths: Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul died at the age of 85

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V. S. Naipaul V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul

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The writer of Indian origins became known with literary travel diaries

DThe Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul is dead. The great storyteller, travel writer and essayist died at the age of 85 in his British foster home, as the Naipaul family announced Saturday night. Naipaul was born the son of Indian immigrants on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. He was considered one of the leading exponents of postcolonial literature, and many of his works were found in Africa, Asia, or the Caribbean. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

"He was a giant in everything he did," said the widow in a statement. "He lived a life full of wonderful creativity". Naipaul died in the circle of his loved ones.

Naipaul was one of the greatest writers in the English-speaking world. For decades he traveled the world searching for literary material, but also after his own roots. In his over 30 books he often blurred the boundaries between travel diary, fiction and autobiography.

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