V. S. Naipaul. The writer of the uprooting

V. S. Naipaul. The writer of the uprooting

London.- The British writer V.S. Naipaul, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for literature, died at the age of 85, the family said in a statement yesterday.

Naipaul, whose works revolved around colonialism and exile, died peacefully in his London home, confirmed his wife, Lady Naipaul.

"He was a giant in everything he achieved and died surrounded by those who loved him, after a life full of creativity and wonderful results," said his wife.

Naipaul, of Indian descent and born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago in 1932, also won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his novel In a Free State and was named knight by Queen Elizabeth in 1990. At age 18 he obtained a scholarship that allowed him to study at Oxford, where he met his first wife, Patricia Hale, with whom he was married until his death in 1996.