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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

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.

$756.48


A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

Alfred A. Knopf, 1979-05-12. 1st. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$668.52


A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S

Alfred A. Knopf. Hardcover. 0394505735 . New.

$495.19


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.

$196.58

A Bend in the River

NAIPAUL, V. S

Norwalk, Connecticut:: The Easton Press,, [1979]. Collector's Edition, signed by V. S. Naipaul. publisher's gilt leather, a.e.g. A very fine copy. 8vo,.

$200.00

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.

$200.00

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.

$80.50


A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S

Paperback. Very Good.

$78.61

A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.s

Vintage. Good. 1979. Soft Cover.

$73.90


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

$68.99

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.

$60.00


A Bend in the River (Modern Library)

V.S. Naipaul

Modern Library, 1997-07-29. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

$55.30


A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V. S

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1979. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0394505735 . Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Small chip to jacket front. Sunning to jacket at spine. Stated First Edition. ; 1.1 x 8.4 x 5.8 Inches; 278 pages .

$55.00


A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V. S

New York: Alfred A. Knopf. Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1979. First Edition. Hardcover. 0-394-50573-5 . Slight wear to DJ; A novel of post-colonial Africa. Stated first edition; 8vo; 278 pages .

$53.94


A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V. S

Penguin Books, 1982-01-01. Paperback. New unread, remainder mark. minor shelf wear, otherwise excellent condition.

$49.99

A BEND IN THE RIVER

NAIPAUL, V. S. (HARDWICK, Elizabeth)

NAIPAUL, V. S. A BEND IN THE RIVER. Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick. New York:: The Modern Library,, 1979. First edition thus (by this publisher), with new introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick. . A fine copy in fine dust jacket. . Small octavo, gray cloth stamped in gold, pp. (xx), 416, [iii]. Elizabeth Hardwick contributes a seven-page introduction, written especially for this edition; also prints a four-page biographical essay about V. S. Naipaul.

$45.00


A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S

New York: Knopf, 1979. First printing. Hardcover. Very Good/good. Now rather scarce, this is named one of the best 99 novels of the last century by Anthony Burgess and is a true first edition. Book is clean and fresh throughout. previous owner's signature erased from first end page. Jacket has some corner wear with small chip and tear to top front edge. A stark tale of what it feels like to be at the bottom of an uncertain society in a modern African country, at the whim of a capricious Dictator and his youth gangs.

$35.00

A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S

Borzoi. Collectible - Good/Good. 1979. First Edition. Hard Cover. (E364) .

$34.90


A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V.S

Knopf. Fine+ in Very Good+ dust jacket. 1979. First American Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 0394505735 . Book square, tight, and clean with no names or ANY markings. DJ not clipped ($8.95) with a 2" tear at rear and nicked spine ends, else Fine. ; 1st printing. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 278 pages .

$34.00


A Bend in the River

NAIPAUL, V. S

London: Andre Deutsch, 1979. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. A neat, bright copy. First impression. Octavo in publisher's original olive green cloth with gilt title and credits to spine, 296 pages. Top corner lightly bumped, previous owner's name to free front endpaper, price-clipped dustjacket has some *very* light creasing to edges. A young Indian, Salim, struggles to survive in the turbulance of a small town in in central Africa. An important novel by the Nobel Prize for Literature winner.

$32.50