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Nobel Prize-winning writer V S Naipaul dies at 85

London : Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, known for his critical commentary on colonialism, idealism, religion and politics, has died at the age of 85, his family said early Sunday. “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour,” his wife Lady Nadira Naipaul said in a statement.Naipaul wrote more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction. His first book was ‘The Mystic Masseur’. His most celebrated novel, A House for Mr Biswas, was published in 1961.
His other works include the three stories in ‘In a Free State’ (1971), ‘Guerrillas’ (1975), ‘A Bend in the River’ (1979), ‘A Way in the World’ (1994), ‘The Mimic Men’ (1967), ‘The Enigma of Arrival’ (1987), ‘Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples’ (1998), ‘Half a Life’ (2001), ‘The Writer and the World’ (2002) and ‘Literary Occasions’ (2003), ‘The Novel Magic Seeds’ (2004) — a sequel to Half a Life’ — and ‘In The Masque of Africa’ (2010).
He was the recipient of numerous honours, including the Man Booker Prize in 1971 and a knighthood for services to literature in 1990.
Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

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