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Nobel laureate VS Naipaul passes away at 85

Nobel laureate VS Naipaul passes away at 85

London: Nobel prize-winning novelist V. S Naipaul, died at the age of 85 on the wee hours of Sunday in his residence at London. Naipaul is recognized in India for his writings on Hindu civilization.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet expressed his condolences for the British author. In his tweet,   Patnaik wrote, “Saddened to learn about the passing away of celebrated author and Nobel laureate VS Naipaul. His works exploring colonisation, migration and unraveling of the British empire were exemplary and thought provoking.

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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born on 17 August 1932 in Chaguanas near Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, descended from Hindu immigrants from India. He went to England at 18 to study at Oxford University.

Later, he became a writer and published more than thirty books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over some fifty years.

His first book was a novel, “The Mystic Masseur” in 1957. Other titles include “Miguel Street;” “A House for Mr. Biswas,” with a protagonist based on Naipaul’s father; “The Loss of El Dorado,” a colonial history of Trinidad; and “Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples,” on the eastern regions of the Islamic world.

Naipaul in one of his book named as “A prologue to an autobiography” (1983), described how his father’s reverence for writers and for the writing life spawned his own dreams and aspirations to become a writer.

Naipaul in the year 2001 achieved the Nobel Prize lecture ‘Two worlds’ in which he identifies himself to be paternally linked to Nepal. He also won the Booker Prize in 1971, among other literary honors. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1990.

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