British novelist and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Sir. V.S. Naipaul breathed his last on Sunday. He was 85 and died at his home in London, his family has confirmed.
Naipaul was born on Aug 17, 1932 in rural Trinidad and went on to study at Oxford University. His first novel, “The Mystic Masseur,” was published in 1957. Naipaul later gained a lot of reputation as he wrote dozens of books, many of which dealt with colonialism and its dark legacy.
According to reports, the writer’s wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he “died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavor”.
Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 2001, “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.”
Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad “Vidia” Naipaul,was a Caribbean writer of Indo-Nepalese descent. The littérateur was known for works including ‘A Bend in the River ‘and his masterpiece, ‘A House for Mr Biswas’.
President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed grief on the passing of the author. In a tweet, Kovind said, “Sad to learn of the passing of VS Naipaul whose books are an penetrative exploration of faith, colonialism and the human condition, in his home in the Caribbean and beyond. A loss for the world of letters and for the broader school of Indo-Anglian literature.”