London, Aug 12 VS Naipaul Nobel prize-winning author who is known for his critical commentary on colonialism, idealism, religion and politics has passed away at the age of 85 confirmed by his family early today.
His wife Nadira Naipaul said he was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavours. Naipaul first book was ‘The Mystic Masseur’ and the most celebrated work was A House for Mr Biswas published in 1961. He is credited to have written more than 30 books.
His other works include the three stories in In a Free State (1971), Guerrillas (1975), A Bend in the River (1979), A Way in the World (1994), The Mimic Men (1967), The Enigma of Arrival (1987), Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples (1998), Half a Life (2001), The Writer and the World (2002) and Literary Occasions (2003), The novel Magic Seeds (2004) – a sequel to Half a Life – and In The Masque of Africa (2010).
He is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Man Booker Prize in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990. The receiving of award did not stop here and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.
In awarding him the prize, the Swedish Academy praised him “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories”.
He was born on August 17, 1932, in Trinidad into Indian Hindu family and moved to England at 18 after receiving a scholarship to University College, Oxford. His is called Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul. He subsequently settled in England, although he travelled extensively thereafter.
Naipaul married twice in his life, his first wife was Patricia Ann Hale whom he married in 1955. After her death in 1996, he married divorced Pakistani journalist Nadira Khannum Alvi.