RIP, VS Naipaul: A Great Conservative Writer

V.S. Naipaul died on August 9 at his home in London.  Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, Naipaul was one of the great conservative writers of our time.  Among his best known novels are A House for Mr. Biswas, A Bend in the River, and The Enigma of Arrival.  He will be remembered not just for the superb skill as a novelist, but also for his acute analysis of society in Britain, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and India. The guiding principle of Naipaul's work was always his fierce artistic independence and honesty.  In an era of political correctness in which many writers succumbed to pressure to soften their opinions of political corruption in the postcolonial world, Naipaul brought clarity and understanding to what was happening in Trinidad, Argentina, the Congo, and other developing countries.  He was also one of the first major commentators to speak frankly about the dangers of Islamic...(Read Full Article)

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