Charting half a lifetime spent exploring the written word, these eleven articles include Naipaul's boyhood experiences of reading books and his first youthful efforts at writing them; the evolution of his ideas about the extent to which individual cultures shape identities and influence literary forms; Naipaul's observations on Conrad, his literary forebear; the moving preface he wrote to the only book his father ever published; and, his reflections on his career, ending with his celebrated Nobel lecture "Two Worlds". A remarkable companion piece to "The Writer and the World", Naipaul's previous volume of highly-acclaimed essays, "Literary Occasions" is a stirring contribution to the fading art of the critic, and a revelation of a life in letters.
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Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul brings his signature gifts of observation, his ferocious impatience with received truths, and his masterfully condensed prose to these eleven essays on reading, writing, and identity--which have been brought together for the first time.
Here the subject is Naipaul's literary evolution: the books that delighted him as a child; the books he wrote as a young man; the omnipresent predicament of trying to master an essentially metropolitan, imperial art form as an Asian colonial from a New World plantation island. He assesses Joseph Conrad, the writer most frequently cited as his forebear, and, in his celebrated Nobel Lecture, "Two Worlds," traces the full arc of his own career. Literary Occasions is an indispensable addition to the Naipaul oeuvre, penetrating, elegant, and affecting.
Praise for V. S. Naipaul:
“The world’s writer, a master of language and perception.” -- The New York Times Book Review
“Naipaul is a master of English prose.” -- J. M. Coetzee
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Descrizione libro Picador, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 330420224
Descrizione libro Picador, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0330420224