A Bend in the River
V.S. Naipaul
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The great novel of Africa from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

Set in an unnamed African country, the book is narrated by Salim, a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast. He believes the world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. So he has taken the initiative; left the coast; acquired his own shop in a small, growing city in the continent’s remote interior and is selling sundries – little more than this and that, really – to the natives. This spot, this ‘bend in the river’, is a microcosm of post-colonial Africa at the time of Independence: a scene of chaos, violent change, warring tribes, ignorance, isolation and poverty. And from this rich landscape emerges one of the author’s most potent works – a truly moving story of historical upheaval and social breakdown.

‘Naipaul has fashioned a work of intense imaginative force. It is a haunting creation, rich with incident and human bafflement, played out in an immense detail of landscape rendered with a poignant brilliance.’—Elizabeth Hardwick

‘Always a master of fictional landscape, Naipaul here shows, in his variety of human examples and in his search for underlying social causes, a Tolstoyan spirit’—John Updike

‘Brilliant and terrifying’—Observer
ISBN 9780330522991Category FictionSubcategory Literary Fiction
Publisher Pan Macmillan UKImprint PicadorPublished 10/05/2002
Format 198 x 126Binding PaperbackPage extent 336
author note
V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship... »
 
 
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