His novels have found enthusiastic readers internationally, including the queen. Now he is the Nobel laureate in V.S. Naipaul died The author died peacefully at the age of 85, on Saturday, according to his family, according to the PA agency. "He was a giant in all that he achieved, and he died in the circle of his beloved people, having lived a life of marvelous creativity and aspiration," says a statement by Lady Naipaul.
Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born on 17 August 1932 in the Caribbean island of Trinidad in a family of Indian origin. A scholarship allowed the 18-year-old to study at Oxford. There he met his first wife Patricia Hale, with whom he was married until his death in 1996.
After several years as a journalist for the British media, Naipaul started writing novels. The first were still playing in Trinidad. Subsequently, he explored Africa, Asia and Latin America and worked his impressions on novels, reports and essays.
In "Land of Darkness" he critically analyzed the conditions in India, the land of his ancestors. Although the book appeared in the original English version in 1964, it was only published in Germany in 1997. In "An Islamic Journey" (1981) Naipaul became a critic of Islam. The novel "At the Bend of the Great River" (1979) describes chaos and tyranny in the independent states of Africa.
Naipaul's strengths were his clear and direct language, his research skills and his ability to closely observe. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, in 2001 he received the Nobel Prize for literature.
Critics have accused V. Naipaul of being close to arrogance and to the rudeness of looking at the world especially from the point of view of colonial rulers. Moreover, in the autograph biography of 2008 "The world is what it is", the British literary critic Patrick French has also described how unflattering the Nobel Prize has humiliated his first wife and longtime lover for decades.
In his latest work, Naipaul has again addressed the question of identity and homelessness in novels such as "Half Life" (2001) or "Magic Seed" (2004). The world-famous writer leaves behind his second wife Nadira and a daughter.
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