Family: Nobel Prize-winning author VS Naipaul dies at 85

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 19, 2018

On 86-m to year of life died a British writer, Nobel prize for literature Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul.

Salman Rushdie, who also disagreed repeatedly with Sir Vidia, said he was "as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother". Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

But Mr Theroux spoke fondly of the acclaimed author and paid tribute to "one of the greatest writers of our time". "I thought it was a big mistake".

She described him as a "giant in all that he achieved". It could be said that I had killed her", Naipaul said in a tell-all biography by British author Patrick French, The World Is What It Is: "The Authorized Biography Of V.S. Naipaul.

Naipaul's grandfather had come to Trinidad as a servant from north India while his father worked as a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian.

In 1950, he moved to Britain to study at Oxford after winning a government scholarship to study at any commonwealth university in the world.

As a student, he struggled with depression and attempted suicide. While The Mystic Masseur, published in 1957 bagged the Mail on Sunday and John Llewellyn Rhys Prize in 1958, Migue; Street, published in 1959 was a collection of short stories that went ahead to win the Somerset Maugham Award.

Mrs Naipaul said his success could be attributed to his power to unite perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) poses for a picture with former Man Booker Prize winners, including VS Naipaul, at a reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize at Buckingham Palace, London.

It added: "Naipaul is a modern philosopher".

"In a vigilant style, (he) transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony", they wrote.

Throughout his career he was outspoken, notably criticising the famous novel of E M Forster, A Passage To India, and Tony Blair, who he likened to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution.

There he met his first wife, Patricia Hale, whom he married in 1955 without telling his family.

Mr Naipaul and Mr Theroux had developed a decades-long friendship when in an angry and unforgiving book, Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents, Mr Naipaul rejected Mr Theroux.

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