An Area of Darkness
His Discovery of India
 
V.S. Naipaul
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The first book in V.S. Naipaul’s acclaimed Indian trilogy—with a new preface by the author

An Area of Darkness is V. S. Naipaul’s semi-autobiographical account – at once painful and hilarious, but always thoughtful and considered – of his first visit to India, the land of his forebears. He was twenty-nine years old; he stayed for a year. From the moment of his inauspicious arrival in Prohibition-dry Bombay, bearing whisky and cheap brandy, he experienced a cultural estrangement from the subcontinent. It became for him a land of myths, an area of darkness closing up behind him as he travelled . . .

The experience was not a pleasant one, but the pain the author suffered was creative rather than numbing, and engendered a masterful work of literature that provides a revelation both of India and of himself: a displaced person who paradoxically possesses a stronger sense of place than almost anyone.

‘Brilliant’—Observer

‘His narrative skill is spectacular. One returns with pleasure to the slow hand-in-hand revelations of both India and himself’—The Times

‘A masterpiece of travel-writing’—Paul Theroux
ISBN 9780330522830Category Non-fictionSubcategory Travel
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 03/09/2010
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 296
author note
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship... »
 
 
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