In 1964 V. S. Naipaul published An Area of Darkness, his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later, prompted by the Emergency of 1975, he came to write India: A Wounded Civilization. In this work he casts a more analytical eye than before over Indian attitudes, while recapitulating and further probing the feelings aroused in him by this vast, mysterious, and agonized country. What he saw and heard - evoked so superbly and vividly in these pages - reinforced in him a conviction that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration.
A work of fierce candour and precision, it is also a generous description of one man's complicated relationship with the country of his ancestors.
'A devastating work, but proof that a novelist of Naipaul's stature can often define problems quicker and more effectively than a team of economists and other experts' The Times
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- Verlag: Pan Macmillan
- Seitenzahl: 200
- Erscheinungstermin: 22.03.2012
- ISBN-13: 9780330516327
- Artikelnr.: 40390999
The New York Times Book Review
Warm, human, rich with a cacophony of Indian voices, India: A Million Mutinies Now is about the passions and tragedies of a nation caught between the rush of modernity and the power of tradition. . . . An indispensable book for understanding India at the end of the 20th century.
The Washington Post
Brilliantly penetrating and shrewd. . . . Each story, evoked by Naipaul s sensitive and nuanced probing, reflects complexities and contradictions and gives us a glimpse, however tiny, of the mosaic totality that comprises India.
The Chicago Tribune
Beautifully written, intellectually satisfying. . . . Naipaul is a rare combination of born narrator, who brings to life the places and people he encounters.
Compassionate. . . . Leaves the reader with a powerful sense of [a] people s dedication, perseverance and passion.
The New York Times
Travel writing, history, novel, lyric Naipaul s book partakes of the excellence of every category and fulfills itself in one of the oldest and rarest of forms prophecy. It bears witness, in unforgettable language, to the best of hopes in the worst of times.
The Christian Science Monitor
Naipaul has retired the familiar, infuriating, immobile face of India and painted a fresh one of human spirit and dramatic change.
A shifting kaleidoscope of images of a country almost impossible to imagine, but made more comprehensible due to Naipaul s formidable intelligence and prodigious narrative gifts.
Boston Sunday Herald
Naipaul creates his India slowly, through whole life-stories told in the characters own voices. . . . The detail is wonderful, built up with impeccable care.
[Naipaul] has invaluably revealed the brink on which India now stands, the sources of all that rage and all those little mutinies. . . . There is a powerful feeling of change in this book.
Los Angeles Times
Compelling, almost hypnotic. . . . A rich, multilayered portrait of a nation we know far too little about in the West. You will feel you have learned much about India, yet you will sense how much more how very much more remains to be learned.
Authentic. . . . These narratives record, in human terms, the rich and disturbing diversity of contemporary India. . . . Extraordinary.
There is a great temptation to quote too much of Naipaul, for in reading the novelist, essayist and travel writer we realize the accuracy of those who consider him one of the finest writers in the language; a man with intense intellectual curiosity, as well as an inherited sympathy for inhabitants of the Third World.
A superb raga of a book, a raga of morning curiosity and evening meditation. . . . This may be [Naipaul s] most generous work, and his best non-fiction.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
An absorbing journey through the mind of India. . . . Mutinies will surprise those who have read and ranted at Naipaul s earlier books on India.
St. Petersburg Times
The Spectator (London)
In-depth. . . . Beautifully written, this book gives a personal look at the societal and political forces pushing for change in the country.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Prescient. . . . Naipaul s intuitions and indefatigable on-the-spot research were well ahead of the academic reaction. . . . [He is] a writer who will always be read and not just by academics for his intelligence and insight and for the clarity and elegance of his style.
The Times Higher Education Supplement
One of the most intelligent writers of our time. . . . Naipaul s word-pictures of India are lyrical, spare, precise and vivid. . . . He succeeds brilliantly in integrating India s individual truths with a larger picture of the country.
The Toronto Star