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
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 01/09/2010
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780330522830