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For all his flaws, VS Naipaul was a pioneering genius

The Nobel Prize-winning British author invented post-colonial literature

By Sameer Rahim   September 2018

Naipaul in 1982. Photo: Stefan Lindblom/TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

In December 1950, a young Vidia Naipaul wrote a letter from Oxford back to his family in Trinidad. “I want to come top of my group,” he said, “I have got to show these people that I can beat them at their own language.” By all measures of formal public commendation, VS Naipaul, who died on Saturday at the age of 85, came out top of his group. He won the Booker and the Nobel Prize among many other…

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