Nobel prize-winning British author V.S. Naipaul has died at the age of 85.
His household introduced his demise on Saturday saying, ‘he died surrounded by these he beloved having lived a life which was filled with fantastic creativity and endeavour,” his spouse Woman Naipaul mentioned in an announcement.
Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul wrote greater than 30 books and gained the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001. Born in Trinidad, the son of an Indian civil servant, he studied English literature at Oxford College earlier than basing his life in England. However he spent a lot of his time travelling and have become a logo of recent rootlessness.
Awarding him the Nobel, the Swedish Academy mentioned he was a “literary circumnavigator, solely ever actually at house in himself, in his inimitable voice”. A lot of his works examined the traumas of post-colonial change. One in every of his main novels was the semi-autobiographical “A Home for Mr Biswas”, which seemed at the virtually inconceivable job for Indian immigrants within the Caribbean of attempting to combine into society whereas preserving maintain of their roots.
He was one of many first winners of the Booker Prize, now Britain’s main literary award, in 1971 for “In A Free State.” Naipaul was additionally outspoken all through his profession, likening former British prime minister Tony Blair to a pirate at the top of a socialist revolution. He was additionally disparaging about feminine novelists, described post-colonial nations as “half-made societies” and argued that Islam each enslaved and tried to wipe out different cultures.