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A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul - Paperback - First Paperback Edition - May 1980 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000000265)

A Bend in the River

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A Bend in the River

by V. S. Naipaul

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ISBN 10
0394743148
ISBN 13
9780394743141
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New York: Vintage, May 1980. Paperback. V-314. First paperback printing of V. S. Naipaul's classic novel. Very Good. Prior owner's name penciled on first page. Text unmarked. Tanned. Spine straight, tight and uncreased. Reading and shelf wear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 278 pages. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of an Indian who has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. A most convincing and disturbing vision of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

Synopsis

A Bend in the River is set in an unnamed postcolonial Central African country and narrated by Salim, a shopkeeper. Naipaul explores the chaos and violence suffered after independence and how a power vacuum can quickly lead to the tyranny of dictatorship. Perceived by some to be written in defense of European colonialism, Naipaul admitted that he in fact knew very little about the region when he started writing the book. Despite this, the novel immediately won praise from critics for its poignant brilliance and was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 1979. In 1998 the Modern Library ranked A Bend in the River as one of the 100 best English-language books of the twentieth century.

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Bookseller
Books of the World US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
RWARE0000000265
Title
A Bend in the River
Author
V. S. Naipaul
Format/binding
Paperback
Book condition
Used - Very Good-
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Paperback Edition
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0394743148
ISBN 13
9780394743141
Publisher
Vintage
Place of Publication
New York
Date published
May 1980
Pages
278
Size
12mo
Keywords
fiction, classics, literature, political fiction, colonialism, East Indians, Africa
Bookseller catalogs
Africa; Fiction;
Size
12mo

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