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India's Naipaul, Pakistan's Malala among Britain's most influential

Jan 27, 2014

India's Naipaul, Pakistan's Malala among Britain's most influential

The first-ever 'Influential 500' list, compiled by specialist publisher Debrett's and 'The Sunday Times' newspaper, includes personalities in 25 areas chosen by experts in their field. #India #Pakistan #V. S. Naipaul #ListsEtc #Malala Yousafzai #Britain's 500 most influential people
The things he left us: The inheritance of Chinua Achebe

Mar 28, 2013

The things he left us: The inheritance of Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe took on Conrad as a "bloody racist." He said Naipaul "sold himself to the west." At a time when Africa is still depicted as a continent in need of charity, and racist heritage of colonialism is muted, Achebe stood for the dignity of his people. #Inpraiseof #V. S. Naipaul #Africa #Chinua Achebe #Joseph Conrad
Why Naipaul and the literary establishment are so, so wrong

Jun 08, 2011

Why Naipaul and the literary establishment are so, so wrong

Whatever Sir Vidia thinks, the real battle for R-E-S-P-E-C-T in the literary world is not between men and women. It's between literary fiction and popular fiction. #ThatsJustWrong #Literature #LitCrit #V. S. Naipaul #Chick lit #Jane Austen

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What writing can do that nothing else can: Naipaul

Nov 05, 2011

What writing can do that nothing else can: Naipaul

If there is a grand old man of letters at the Goa Thinkfest it's undoubtedly VS Naipaul. When he appeared on stage, chatting with Tarun Tejpal, he was in a kindly grandfather mode, happily playing a twinkling indulgent Yoda to Tejpal's Hans Solo. #Literature #V. S. Naipaul #Charles Dickens #ThinkFest #VS Naipaul