Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul passed away

Nobel Prize winner V. S. Naipaul passed away

The British writer V. S. Naipaul, who died at the age of 85 and was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2001, leaves a book with the trauma of the postcolonial period. "He was a giant in everything he did and died surrounded by those he loved, having lived a life full of creativity and wonderful initiative," said his wife, Lady Naipaul, in a statement. .

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul – a painter of uprooting, small people and declining empires – is the author of over thirty books that combine fiction, non-fiction and autobiography. Born on 17 August 1932 in the British West Indies, in Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad, from a family of Indian immigrants, he studied English literature at the University of Oxford before settling in England. in 1953. He had spent most of his life traveling and had become a symbol of uprooting in contemporary society.

By awarding him the Nobel Prize in 2001, the Swedish Academy had defined V. S. Naipaul as a "cosmopolitan writer" and a "literary tourman". One of his main works is his autobiography A house for Mr. Biswas, in 1964, in which the hero borrows the features of the writer's father. Through this book, he described the challenge for Indian immigrants in the Caribbean to integrate into society while maintaining their roots.

Naipaul's drama, the Swedish Academy, summarizes it as follows: "Trinidad's cultural and spiritual poverty afflicts him, India has become a stranger to him and it is impossible for him to adhere to the traditional values ​​of the world. former British colonial power, its first work, dedicated to the West Indies, will then expand all over the world, Naipaul concentrating mainly on the trauma associated with postcolonial changes, condemned to seek universal values ​​for the essence of the world. being, and through it its very identity, the philosopher-writer will visit India, Africa, the Americas, the Muslim countries of Asia.