A House for Mr. Biswas
His immortal comic masterpiece
 
V.S. Naipaul
Price  499.00
First published in 1961, A House for Mr Biswas is V. S. Naipaul’s unforgettable fourth book and the early masterpiece of his brilliant career.

Born the ‘wrong way’ and thrust into a world that greeted him with little more than a bad omen, Mohun Biswas has spent his forty-six years of life striving for independence. But his determined efforts have met only with calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. He marries into the domineering Tulsi family, on whom he becomes indignantly dependent, but rebels and takes on a succession of occupations in an arduous struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own.

Heartrending and darkly comic, A House for Mr Biswas has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels and this triumph of resilience, persistence and dignity masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad.

‘A work of great comic power qualified with firm and unsentimental compassion’—Anthony Burgess

‘A marvellous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels’—Newsweek

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ISBN 9780330522892Category FictionSubcategory Literary Fiction
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 01/07/2011
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 628
author note
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship... »
 
 
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