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A Bend In the River

By Naipaul, V S


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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 the author 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.

  • Published: 1979.
Sold by: Raptis Rare Books, ABAA/ ILAB
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A Bend in the River

Naipaul, V. S

London: Knopf , 1979 Signed by the author on the title page. Green cover boards are clean with little wear.Slight foxing on end papers with no bleeding to interior pages. Dust jacket has no tears with some age toning and a few scattered light stains, with little shelf wear, price intact on flap, in mylar sleeve. Interior is clean and unmarked. Binding is solid.

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: 1st Edition
  • ISBN: 9780394505732
Sold by: Boomerang Booksellers
$460.00

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,. Publisher's Certificate of Authenticity laid in.

  • Published: [1979]
  • Condition: A very fine copy
  • Edition: Collector's Edition, signed by V. S. Naipaul
Sold by: Jeffrey H. Marks Rare Books
$200.00

A Bend In The River

V. S. Naipaul

Norwalk, Connecticut, U.S.A.: Easton Press Book. New. Full-Leather. Signed by Author(s). Signed by the Author, this magnificent book is bound in full leather with a 22kt gold stamped hubbed spine. Printed on archival quality paper with moire fabric endsheets and a satin page markers. Still in shrink wrap..

  • Condition: New
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A. Bend. in the River [paperback] (A Bend in the River)(Chinese Edition)

V. S. Naipaul(VS)

Picador. paperback. New. Ship out in 2 business day, And Fast shipping, Free Tracking number will be provided after the shipment.Paperback Pages Number: 336 Language: English Publisher: Picador Book Description the Set in an unnamed African country. the the book is narrated by Salim. a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast of He believes the world is what it is; men who are nothing. who allow themselves to become nothing. have no place in it. So he has taken the initiative; left the coast; acquired his own shop in a small. growing city in the continent s remote interior and is selling su... Satisfaction guaranteed,or money back.

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A Bend in the River (Modern Library)

V.S. Naipaul

Modern Library. Hardcover. New. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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A Bend In The River, (Man Booker Prize Winners 1979)

V.S. Naipaul

Used - Good. 01/01/2010, Paperback, Good condition.

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A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

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

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A Bend In The River

V. S. Naipaul

Audio Cassette (Audio Book). New. Brand New, Perfect Condition. May Ship From Overseas, Free Upgrade to Priority Shipping.

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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.

  • Published: 1979
  • Edition: 1st UK Edition
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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

V. S. Naipaul

Audio Cassette (Audio Book). Acceptable. Used, Average Condition. May Ship From Overseas, Free Upgrade to Priority Shipping.

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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 .

  • Published: 1979
  • Edition: First Edition; First Printing
  • ISBN: 9780394505732
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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.

  • Published: 1979
  • Edition: 1st Edition
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Bend in the River

Naipaul, V S

EASTON PRESS. New/NONE. 2000. Hardcover. New in original shrinkwrap. Red leather covered boards with gilt motifs and title. All page edges gilt. Signed by author.; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; Signed by Author .

  • Published: 2000
  • Condition: New/NONE
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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 .

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780394505732
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A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V. S

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

  • Published: 1982-01-01
  • Condition: New unread, remainder mark
  • ISBN: 9780140052589
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A BEND IN THE RIVER

Naipaul, V.S

NEW YORK: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. First U.S. Edition. HARDCOVER. FINE in Very Good Plus dustjacket. NOTE GOOD PLUS ONLY DUSTJACKET CONDITION. A novel set in modern day (1970's) Africa, about the isolation of one man and his relationship to the tumultuous times of which he is, albeit often unknowingly, a part. Just a bit of sunning and Extremely light smudging to dustjacket, now protected in mylar. 278 pp.

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: FINE in Very Good Plus dustjacket
  • Edition: First U.S. Edition
  • ISBN: 9780394505732
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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.

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
  • ISBN: 9780233971407
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A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

U.S.A.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1979. Light shelf and edge wear to the jacket, browning to the jacket spine and page edges due to age, jacket placed in mylar cover, otherwise a very clean, tight copy.. Second Printing. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good.

  • Published: 1979
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Edition: Second Printing
  • ISBN: 9780394505732
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