The Middle Passage (Used)

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Author: V S Naipaul

9780330487061 | PB | pp. 244 | 2001 | Pan Macmillan | Used

In The Middle Passage by V S Naipaul records his impressions of West Indies and South America.

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The Middle Passage by V.S. Naipaul catches the poor topsy-turvy world at a critical moment: a world by turns sad, earnest and hilarious – indeed, a perfect subject for the understanding and comedy of this great writer.

V.S. Naipaul undertook this Caribbean journey at the invitation, in 1960, of Dr Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of independent Trinidad, the author’s birthplace.

At that time, the plantation colonies of the region were formed, culturally, in the image of the metropolis. Racial and political assertion had yet to catch up with them in varying ways.

In Trinidad, African racialism found itself at odds with old colonial mimicry; forty years on, the racial issue will not be between black and white, but between black and Asian. Guyana was Marxist, but with the same racial divisions: forty years on, the country will be so ruined that a newspaper will be regarded almost as a luxury item.

In Surinam, a movement was afoot to replace the Dutch language with a pidgin English called talkie-talkie: forty years on, that racial sentiment will have led to military dictatorship and an exodus of the locals to Holland. Whereas Martinique, defying geography, saw itself as France.

And, in Jamaica, such rejectionism took the form of Rastafarianism – which, absurdly, turns out to have been the invention of Italian black propaganda during the Abyssinian War of the 1930s.

Author:

V S Naipaul

ISBN:

9780330487061

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

244

Year of Publication:

2001

Publisher:

Pan Macmillan

Edition:

First

Condition:

Used

Country of Origin:

India

About the Author

The author 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, a collection of correspondence, Letters Between a Father and Son, and The Masque of Africa. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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