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A Bend In the River

By Naipaul, V S




A Bend in the River is a 1979 novel by Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul. Set in an unnamed African country after independence, the book is narrated by Salim, an ethnically Indian Muslim and a shopkeeper in a small, growing city in the country's remote interior. Though born and raised in another country in a more cosmopolitan city on the coast (possibly Mombasa but more likely Zanzibar since the pogrom described by Salim resembles the Zanzibar Revolution) during the colonial period, as neither European nor fully African, Salim observes the rapid changes in his homeland with an outsider's distance. Although Salim never identifies the country where he lives, the events closely parallel the Belgian Congo's transformation into Zaire under Mobutu Sésé Seko (the novel's "Big Man") - with the unnamed city in which the novel is set having some similarity with the Zairean river port of Kisangani. Indeed, Naipaul had visited Zaire in 1975 and written an article for the New York Review of Books entitled A New King for the Congo: Mobutu and the Nihilism of Africa. Others see a resonance with Idi Amin's Uganda - however, as Uganda is referred to multiple times in the book as being a place people go to, or hear news from, this seems unlikely. The first sentence of the book is considered emblematic of Naipaul's world view: "The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. " This is also a good plot summary. Most of the characters are eaten by the voracious modern world. "Nobody's going anywhere," the apparently successful local party boss tells Salim, "We're all going to Hell and every man knows that in his bones. We're being killed. Nothing has any meaning. That is why everyone is so frantic. Everyone wants to make his money and run away. But where? That is what is driving people mad. " It is unclear whether this apocalyptic view applies to the world in general or only to modern Africa, but one recent critic thinks it represents "the gradual darkening of African society as it returns to its age-old condition of bush and blood" and thinks this pessimistic response shows Naipaul's "inability to examine postcolonial societies in any depth" Be that as it may, future events showed that Naipaul's prediction for the Congo was too optimistic. A Bend in the River was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1979. Naipaul credits an extramarital affair for giving A Bend in the River and his later books greater fluidity, saying these "in a way to some extent depend on her (i.e. , his mistress). They stopped being dry. ”


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A Bend in the River.

Naipaul, V.S

London: Andre Deutsch, 1979. First edition. Octavo, original cloth. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Signed by V.S. Naipaul on the title page. In response to A Bend In the River, John Updike praised Naipaul as, "a master of fictional landscape, who here shows, in his variety of human examples and in his search for understanding social causes, a Tolstoyan spirit." A Bend in the River is listed by Modern Library as one of the 100 greatest novels of the twentieth century.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S.

Peter Smith Pub Inc. Hardcover. 0844666319 Meets the good condition guidelines. NOTE! Ex library hardcover with generic hardcover binding and art decoupaged onto the front. Has stickers, stamps and other library marks. Has wear. Five star seller - Ships Quickly - Buy with confidence! . Good.

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Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S.

HarperCollins Distribution Services , 1979. . Hardcover. Near Fine. Near Fine

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Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S.

HarperCollins Distribution Services , 1979. Hardcover. LIKE NEW.

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A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

U.S.A.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Copyright date 1979, 1st edition, 1st printing. Black cloth over boards with gold lettering and design on the front and on the spine. For edge and bottom page edges are not cut, light foxing to the top page edges also to the inside front and back covers. No tears, bent pages, nor any writing. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and told the spine are moderate with light bumps to the toe of the spine. Dust jacket no bent flaps, nor is it price clipped. Shelf wear to the edges and to the head and told the spine, with chips out of the head and toe of the spine light soiling spot on the back near the for edge lower left. Light Browning to the spine from sun, with wear along the front groove area with 2 small chips out. Dust jacket is now in a clear protective cover. Text is bright and clean, binding is secure, a solid collectible book one the top 100 novels of the 20th century.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 7¾" - 9¾" Tall. Collectible.

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A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V.S.

Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2000. First edition thus. Leather-bound. Fine. Octavo. 278pp. Full red leather, stamped in gold. SIGNED COLLECTOR'S EDITION, signed by the author. With the signed certificate of authenticity.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V S

Blackstone Audiobooks, 2004-09-01. Audio CD. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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A Bend in the River.

NAIPAUL, V. S.

London: London, Deutsch,, 1979. Octavo. Original green boards, titles to spine gilt. With the pictorial dust jacket. Very light spotting to top edge of text block. An excellent copy in a slightly toned jacket with faint dampstaining to bottom edge. First edition, first impression.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S

Paw Prints, 2009-04-09. Library Binding. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S.

Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. 0394505735 . New.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V S

Blackstone Audiobooks, 2004-09-01. Audio CD. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! d

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S

Vintage, 1989-03-13. Paperback. Good. Good condition, used. Ships with Tracking Number. May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. d

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S.

Andre Deutsch Limited, 1979 Published in London by Andre Deutsch Limited in 1979. First Published in 1979 stated on copyright page. Book near fine except for slightly bumped ends of spine and curved scratch on front cover. DJ near fine except for slightly bumped ends of spine, two small dents on front spine hinge, and soiling on spine. DJ price reads ¿5.50.. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S.

André Deutsch, London 1979. 1st ed., first printing. 8vo. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. A near fine copy in a near fine unclipped dustwrapper

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A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V.S

London: Andre Deutsch, 1979. 296 pages. Pages, endpapers clean, v/g. Green cloth, gilt title on spine. 3 spots on upper cover. White dust jacket not price clipped. VG/VG+. 1st UK Edition. Hard Cover.

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A Bend in the River (Modern Library)

Naipaul, V.S.

Modern Library. Hardcover. 0679602674 New Condition. . New.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S.

Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. 0394505735 New Condition. . New.

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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S

Paw Prints, 2009-04-09. Library Binding. Good. Ships with Tracking Number! May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! d

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A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

Alfred A. Knopf, 1979-05-12. Hardcover. Like New. Stated 1st Edition. unclipped price Includes review copy bookplate unattached.Tight binding, clean pages, very good dust jacket, very good cover IN STOCK, IMMEDIATE SHIPPING. Stored & Shipped in Protective Clear Plastic Wrap

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A Bend in the River.

Naipaul, V. S.

NY: Knopf, 1979., 1979. 8vo. 278 pp. Original black cloth binding. This is a tight, fine book in a bright, near fine price clipped DJ.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Dust Jacket Included.

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