Sunday, 21 October, 2018

VS Naipaul, British author, dies aged 85

Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul passes away take a look at his famous works VS Naipaul, British author, dies aged 85
Pablo Mccormick | 12 August, 2018, 05:38

SIR Vidiadhar Surajprasad "Vidia" Naipaul, TT's only Nobel Prize victor for Literature, has died at his family home in London, just shy of his 86th birthday.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul wrote more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001.

His best-known works include A House for Mr Biswas, The Mystic Masseur, A Bend in the River and the Booker prize-winning In a Free State.

Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully aged 85.

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A statement released by the family today said the novelist died at his London home.

Born in Trinidad, the son of an Indian civil servant, he studied English literature at Oxford University before basing his life in England.

As a student, he struggled with depression and attempted suicide.

His first book was a novel, "The Mystic Masseur" in 1957.

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Writer V.S. Naipaul waits to receive his Nobel prize for literature at Stockholm's Konserthuset from Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, Sweden December 10, 2001. "In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony".

He married Patricia Hale, whom he met at Oxford in 1955.

Naipaul was also outspoken throughout his career, likening former British prime minister Tony Blair to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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