In a probing narrative that is part meditation and part remembrance, Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul shares how his process of creative and intellectual assimilation across various cultures has shaped both his writing and his life. Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he was exposed early on and his first encounters with literary culture. He looks at what we have retained and what we have forgotten of the classical world, and he illuminates the ways in which Indian writers such as Gandhi and Nehru both reveal and conceal themselves and their nation. Full of humor and privileged insight, this is an eloquent, intimate exploration into the configuration of a writer's mind.More
"As ever, Naipaul's sentences are tightly coiled and muscular; they embody the very qualities they praise....His characteristic excursions into the byways of history and autobiography are often revelatory, opening up new vistas....this is a brilliant work from a man who more than anybody else embodies what it means to be a writer." (The Observer)
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