A House For Mr Biswas

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‘A work of great comic power qualified with firm and unsentimental compassion’ Anthony Burgess

A House for Mr Biswas is V. S. Naipaul’s unforgettable fourth book and the early masterpiece of his brilliant career. Born the ‘wrong way’ and thrust into a world that greeted him with little more than a bad omen, Mohun Biswas has spent his forty-six years of life striving for independence. But his determined efforts have met only with calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. He marries into the domineering Tulsi family, on whom he becomes indignantly dependent, but rebels and takes on a succession of occupations in an arduous struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own.

Heartrending and darkly comic, A House for Mr Biswas has been hailed as one of the twentieth century’s finest novels and this triumph of resilience, persistence and dignity masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad.

‘A marvellous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels’ Newsweek

A marvellous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels
Newsweek

About V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After four years at University College, Oxford, he began to write, and since then has followed no other profession. He has published more than twenty books of fiction and non-fiction, including Half a Life, A House for Mr Biswas, A Bend in the River and most recently The Masque of Africa, and a collection of correspondence, Letters Between A Father and Son. In 2001 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Books by V. S. Naipaul

The Writer and the World
The Writer and the World
The Mimic Men
The Mimic Men
The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book
Guerrillas
Guerrillas
Miguel Street
Miguel Street
In a Free State
In a Free State
The Mystic Masseur
The Mystic Masseur
The Masque of Africa
The Masque of Africa
The Middle Passage
The Middle Passage
Literary Occasions
Literary Occasions
A Writer's People
A Writer's People
Letters Between a Father and Son
Letters Between a Father and Son
A Turn in the South
A Turn in the South
A Bend in the River
A Bend in the River
Magic Seeds
Magic Seeds
The Enigma of Arrival
The Enigma of Arrival
Half a Life
Half a Life
A Way in the World
A Way in the World
Among the Believers
Among the Believers
An Area of Darkness
An Area of Darkness
India: A Million Mutinies Now
India: A Million Mutinies Now
The Loss of El Dorado
The Loss of El Dorado
India: A Wounded Civilization
India: A Wounded Civilization
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief

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