An Area of Darkness : His Discovery of India, Paperback

An Area of Darkness : His Discovery of India Paperback

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THE FIRST BOOK IN V.S. NAIPAUL'S ACCLAIMED INDIAN TRILOGY -- WITH A NEW PREFACE BY THE AUTHOR An Area of Darkness is V.

S. Naipaul's semi-autobiographical account -- at once painful and hilarious, but always thoughtful and considered -- of his first visit to India, the land of his forebears.

He was twenty-nine years old; he stayed for a year. From the moment of his inauspicious arrival in Prohibition-dry Bombay, bearing whisky and cheap brandy, he experienced a cultural estrangement from the subcontinent.

It became for him a land of myths, an area of darkness closing up behind him as he travelled ...The experience was not a pleasant one, but the pain the author suffered was creative rather than numbing, and engendered a masterful work of literature that provides a revelation both of India and of himself: a displaced person who paradoxically possesses a stronger sense of place than almost anyone. 'Brilliant' Observer 'His narrative skill is spectacular.

One returns with pleasure to the slow hand-in-hand revelations of both India and himself' The Times

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Travel writing
  • ISBN: 9780330522830

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