|By: Naipaul, V.S. / Translated: Fadel Jetkar|
Format: Softcover | 384 pp
Publisher: Academia, Beirut, 2009 Arabic Edition c.1967,1995
Size: 14 x 21 cm
Topic: Novel - Selected Translation
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Translated to the Arabic, a novel by award winning Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul. A profound and moving novel that evokes a colonial man's experience in the postcolonial world.
Translated to the Arabic, a novel by award winning Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul. A profound and moving novel that evokes a colonial man's experience in the postcolonial world. Born of Indian heritage, raised in the British-dependent Caribbean island of Isabella, and educated in England, forty-year-old Ralph Singh has spent a lifetime struggling against the torment of cultural displacement. Now in exile from his native country, he has taken up residence at a quaint hotel in a London suburb, where he is writing his memoirs in an attempt to impose order on a chaotic existence. His memories lead him to recognize the cultural paradoxes of his childhood and later life: his attempts to fit in at school, his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious white woman. But it is the return to Isabella and his subsequent immersion in the roiling political atmosphere of a newly self-governing nation that ultimately provide Singh with the necessary insight to discover the crux of his disillusionment.
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