Lines of Life: Sir V.S. Naipaul

"Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision."

- V.S. Naipaul


About V.S. Naipaul


V. S. Naipaul’s name has acquired mythic proportions and to many it connotes ‘a literary institution.’ Along with him, the places about which he wrote – a vast swathe of global territory – have been similarly magnified. The books that created this aura began appearing on shelves in 1957. Over almost sixty years, between 1957 and his death in 2018, he had produced over thirty that now appear in many languages on bookshelves around the world. Each book is unique. Every one is related to the other. All have had an impact and many have now achieved the status of hyper-interpretability and omni-significance and will continue to do so into the distant future. They won him globally coveted prizes including Nobel Prize for Literature, the David Cohen British Literature Prize, the Booker Prize for Fiction, the W H Smith Literary Award, the Hawthornden Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He was also knighted on their account.