Literary Occasions: Essays
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  • Literary Occasions: Essays
ISBN: 1400031303
EAN13: 9781400031306
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 10, 2004
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 4.9" W
Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity--which have been brought together for the first time.
Here the subject is Naipaul's literary evolution: the books that delighted him as a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament of trying to master an essentially metropolitan, imperial art form as an Asian colonial from a New World plantation island. He assesses Joseph Conrad, the writer most frequently cited as his forebear, and, in his celebrated Nobel Lecture, Two Worlds, traces the full arc of his own career. Literary Occasions is an indispensable addition to the Naipaul oeuvre, penetrating, elegant, and affecting.

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