A note from Pan Macmillan India
‘Last year, this month we saw the passing away of a literary giant, Sir V.S. Naipaul. The writings of the winner of Nobel prize for literature and the Booker prize will remain an unmatched legacy for our times.
Naipaul was known not only for his early Trinidad novels, the most prominent being They Mystic Masseur and A House for Mr Biswas but also his writings based on his travels to different parts of the world. In a Free State based on his travels in Africa got him commercial recognition along with literary fame in the form of the Booker prize in 1971.
Sir Vidia visited India thrice and recorded his penetrating observations in books about the country from which his great grandfather had emigrated to Trinidad. His books on India, An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization, and India: A Million Mutinies Now were debated with much fervour when they released and continue to be discussed for their critical yet relevant views about the development of India as a nation.
This is a time for us to remember and discuss the books of one of the most prominent authors of our times whose works have become modern classics.