A House for Mr. Biswas (Paperback)

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The early masterpiece of V. S. Naipaul's brilliant career, A House for Mr. Biswas""is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels.
In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous-and endless-struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a man's quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.

About the Author


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-five books of fiction and nonfiction, including "Half a Life," "A House for Mr. Biswas," "A Bend in the River, Magic Seeds" and a collection of letters, "Between Father and Son," He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Praise For…


"Naipaul has constructed a marvelous prose epic that matches the best nineteenth-century novels for richness of comic insight and final, tragic power."–Newsweek

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375707162
ISBN-10: 0375707166
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: March 13th, 2001
Pages: 576
Language: English