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Nobel prize winning author V.S. Naipaul passed away at the age of 85

He won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001

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Nobel prize winning British author V.S. Naipaul passed away at the age of 85. According to the statement by his wife, Lady Naipaul, “He died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour”. She also termed the late author as a “giant in all that he achieved”.

FILE PHOTO: Trinidad born writer V.S. Naipaul (L) receives his Nobel prize for literature at Stockholm’s Konserthuset from Sweden’s King Carl Gustaf December 10, 2001.REUTERS/Chris Helgren/File Photo

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was author of more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001. Many of his writings examined the traumas of post-colonial change. One of his major novels was the semi-autobiography named, “A House for Mr Biswas”. In which he observed at the almost impossible task for Indian immigrants in the Caribbean seeking to integrate into society while trying to hold of their roots.


He was born in Trinidad, son of an Indian civil servant. He studied English literature at the Oxford University before building up his life in England. He spent much of his life time in traveling and became one of the prominent symbol of modern rootlessness.
The Swedish Academy, at the time of awarding him Nobel prize said that he was a “literary circumnavigator, only ever really at home in himself, in his inimitable voice”. V.S. Naipaul was also one of the first winners of the Booker Prize, now Britain´s leading literary award, in 1971 for “In A Free State.”

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Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.