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That essay sparked so powerful a jolt of recognition that the moment has stayed with me ever since.
My response was neither shock nor disappointment: This was the magic of reading Naipaul in those years. His views and opinions I almost always disagreed with: Yet he was writing of matters that no one else thought worth noticing; he had found words to excavate new dimensions of experience. From time to time other such Naipaul moments still surface in my memory, like aching wisdom teeth.
Some years ago I was writing an essay about an experience of my own, in the Delhi riots of Obscurely, I recalled a passage from a Naipaul travelogue; this is how I described it: He is in a hotel room, somewhere in Africa or South America; he looks down and sees people marching past.
To his surprise the sight fills him with an obscure longing, a kind of melancholy: Yet he knows he never will: I remembered that essay because I too was not by nature a joiner: Through my formative years, in India, Naipaul summoned in me an intensity and absorption that no other writer could evoke.
I read everything he wrote, with a close and often combative attention: I still love these early novels; in my view Naipaul deserves the Nobel for these alone. But it was his non-fiction rather than his fiction, that first brought V.
His derision stems not from what he sees in India but rather from his disillusionment with the myths of his uprooted ancestors. But these books did indeed mark a decisive turn in his work.
After this he would never again look at life outside the West on its own terms: India, the Caribbean and Africa would become faded backdrops on which to project a vision of the West, England in particular. In this phantom contrast, the non-Western could never be anything other than insubstantial — a world defined by what it lacked.
It is a measure of his influence that in the West today, travel writers are taken seriously only to the degree to which they are able to replicate the familiar Naipaulian tone of derision.
It is a moot question whether or not Naipaul will be pleased by the Nobel: In any event it is not surprising that Naipaul has expressed a wish to consecrate his Prize to England, his adopted home, rather than to India. In typical Naipaulian fashion this leaves unnamed the places to which he owes his true literary debts: Trinidad and the Caribbean.
It was Trinidad, with its fecund cultural intersections, that gave Naipaul his literary ambitions, his distinctive voice and the setting for the novels for which he will be best remembered. This article on Naipaul, written by Amitav Ghosh in on the occasion of V.With all the verve of the first two novels in the trilogy, Flood of Fire completes Ghosh's unprecedented reenvisioning of the nineteenth-century war on drugs.
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Amitav Ghosh on V.S. Naipaul's Pitiless Mirror After his turn to non-fiction, he would never again look at life outside the West on its own terms: India, the Caribbean and Africa would become faded backdrops on which to project a vision .
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