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By intuition alone

Now near the end of his work, the Nobel prize winner reflects on his early childhood in Trinidad

By V S Naipaul   February 2002

Everything of value about me is in my books. I am the sum of my books. Each book stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others.

It has been like this because of my background. My background is at once exceedingly simple and exceedingly confused. I was born in Trinidad. It is a small island in the mouth of the great Orinoco river of Venezuela. So Trinidad is not strictly of South America, and not…

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