Naipaul, Vidiadhar Surajprasad (V. S.)

About V. S. Naipaul

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Biography (British Council)

Obituary (The Guardian)



Rahim, Sameer. "The Masque of Africa." The Telegraph, 27 Aug. 2010

Ramchand, Kenneth. "The World of A House for Mr. Biswas." Caribbean Quarterly, vol. 48, no. 2-3,  2002

Kakutani, Michiko. "Half a Life. A Young Man at a Strange Place at a Time That can Never Be Right. "The New York Times, 16 Oct. 2001

Ignatieff, Michael. "Beyond Belief. In the Name of the Most Merciful." The New York Times, 7 Jun.1998



Fallon, Amy. "V. S. Naipaul Finds No Woman Writer His Literary Match." The Guardian, 2 Jun. 2011

Dhondy, Farrukh "An Interview with V. S. Naipaul." Literary Review, Aug. 2001

Robinson, Andrew. "Andrew Robinson Talks to V. S. Naipaul" Independent, 15 Aug. 1992



Ghosh, William. “Caribbean Travel and the 'Realistic Shock': Lamming, Naipaul, Condé.” Research in African Literatures, vol. 50, no. 2, 2019

Murdoch, H. Adlai. "Créolité, Creolization, and Contemporary Caribbean Culture." Small Axe, no. 52, 2017

Domínguez, César, and Theo D'haen. Cosmopolitanism and the Postnational: Literature and the New Europe, 2015

James, Erin (ed.). "The Storyworld Accord: Econarratology and Postcolonial Narratives." Frontiers of Narrative, 2015

Kluwick, Ursula, and Virginia Richter. The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space, Kluwick and Richter (eds.), 2015

Warren, Michelle R. "'The Last Syllable of Modernity'." Postmedieval, vol. 6, no. 1, 2015

Döring, Tobias. "Caribbean Beachcombers." The Beach in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures: Reading Littoral Space, Kluwick and Richter (eds.), 2015

Rahim, Jennifer, and Lalla, Barbara. Created in the West Indies Caribbean Perspectives on V.S. Naipaul, 2011

Göbel, Walter. "Homes Lost and Found. Three Expatriate Indian Novelists." Constructions of Home: Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture, Law, and Literature, Stierstorfer (ed.), 2010

Dabydeen, Cyril. "Negotiating V. S. Naipaul." Transplanted Imaginaries: Literatures of New Climates, Sunitha (ed.), 2008

Dhondy, Farrukh. "V. S. Naipaul: The Man and His Mission." Journal of Caribbean Literatures, vol. 5, no. 2. 2008

Cobham, Rhonda. "Consuming the Self: V. S. Naipaul, CLR James, and A Way in the World." Anthurium, vol. 5, no. 2, 2007

Hariharan, Meenakshi. "Aesthetic Sensibility in Expatriate Writing with Reference to Sasthi Brataand V. S. Naipaul." Contemporary Indian Writing in English, Chandra (ed.), 2005

Dabydeen, Cyril. "Shaping the Environment." Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture, DeLoughrey et al. (ed.), 2005

Barnouw, Dagmar. Naipaul's Strangers, 2003

Davis, Rocio G. "Negotiating Place/Re-Creating Home: Short-Story Cycles by Naipaul, Mistry and Vassanji." Telling Stories: Postcolonial Short Fiction in English, Bardolph (ed.), 2001

Watling, Gabrielle. "Embarrassing Origins: Colonial Mimeticism and the Metropolis in V. S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men and Sam Selvon's Moses Ascending." LiNQ, vol. 20, no. 2, 1993

Mair, Christian. "Contrasting Attitudes towards the Use of Creole in Fiction: A Comparison of Two Early Novels by V. S. Naipaul and Sam Selvon." Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English, Davis and Maes-Jelinek (eds.), 1990

Cudjoe, Selwyn Reginald. V. S. Naipaul: A Materialist Reading, 1988

Figueroa, John. “Introduction – V. S. Naipaul: A Panel Discussion.” Revista/Review Interamericana, vol. 6, 1976-1977




Magic Seeds (2004)

Half a Life (2001)

A Way in the World (1994)

Guerillas (1975)

The Mimic Men (1967)

Mr Stone and the Knights Companion (1963)

A House for Mr Biswas (1961)

The Suffrage of Elvira (1958)

The Mystic Masseur (1957)


Short Story Collections

A Flag on the Island (1967)

Miguel Street (1959)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

The Masque of Afric(2010)

A Writer's People: Ways of Looking and Feeling (2007)

Literary Occasions (2004)

The Writer and the World (2002)

Reading and Writing (2000)

Letters Between a Father and Son (1999)

Beyond Belief (1998)

India (1990)

A Turn in the South (1989)

The Enigma of Arrival (1987)

Finding the Center (1984)

Among the Believers (1981)

The Return of Eva Peron; and The Killings in Trinidad (1980)

A Congo Diary (1980)

A Bend in the River (1979)

India (1977)

The Overcrowded Barracoon and Other Articles (1972)

In a Free State (1971)

The Loss of El Dorado (1969)

An Area of Darkness (1964)

The Middle Passage (1962)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Farrukh Dhondy in Conversation with V. S. Naipaul at the Jaipur Literature Festival. YouTube, 28 Jan. 2015

V. S. Naipaul on His Book The Masque of Africa., 23 Nov. 2010

V. S. Naipaul Interview. The Nobel Prize, 12 Dec. 2001

V. S. Naipaul's Speech at the Nobel Banquet. The Nobel Prize, 10 Dec. 2001

V. S. Naipaul's Nobel Lecture. The Nobel Prize, 7 Dec. 2001