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Titre : In a Free State
Éditeur : Andre Deutsch
Date d'édition : 1971
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Very Good
Etat de la jaquette : Very Good
Edition : 1st Edition
Very good in jacket. Price clipped. Book has slight spine tilt. Writing on front paste down. First UK edition, first printing. Winner of the Booker Prize. Naipaul won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature. N° de réf. du libraire 001565
Synopsis : "In a Free State" deals in displacement. It tells first of an Indian servant in Washington, then of an Asian West Indian in London who is in jail for murder. Then the story moves to Africa, to a fictional country something like Uganda or Rwanda. The two main characters are English. They once found Africa liberating, but now it has gone sour on them. At a time of tribal conflict they have to make the long drive to the safety of their compound. In the background, the threat of violence looms. The voices in this novel are breathtakingly vivid, while the characters are portrayed with an intelligence and sensitivity that is rarely seen in contemporary writing. Dennis Potter described the book as one 'of such lucid complexity and such genuine insight, so deft and deep, that it somehow manages to agitate, charm, amuse and excuse the reader all at the same pitch of experience'. This is one of V.S. Naipaul's greatest novels, hard but full of pity.
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?A Tolstoyan spirit.... The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist.? ? John Updike
?Naipaul is a master of English prose.? ? J. M. Coetzee, New York Review of Books
?V. S. Naipaul has a substantial claim as a comic writer.... This humor, conducted throughout with the utmost stylistic quietude, is completely original.? ? Kingsley Amis, The Spectator
?Mr. Naipaul travels with the artist?s eye and ear and his observations are sharply discerning.? ? Evelyn Waugh
?For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul. [He is] the world?s writer, a master of language and perception.? ? The New York Times Book Review
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