Quotes by V.S. Naipaul

"The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves."

"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it."

"Most people are not really free. They are confined by the niche in the world that they carve out for themselves. They limit themselves to fewer possibilities by the narrowness of their vision."

"Non-fiction can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies."

"After all, we make ourselves according to the ideas we have of our possibilities."

Books by V.S. Naipaul

  • Cuore di tenebra
  • 437,603 ratings
  • April 4th 2000 by Mondadori

    (first published 1899)

  • A Bend in the River
  • 15,873 ratings
  • May 10th 2002 by Picador USA

    (first published September 20th 1979)

  • In a Free State
  • 4,143 ratings
  • February 12th 2002 by Vintage

    (first published 1971)

  • Miguel Street
  • 3,914 ratings
  • July 23rd 2002 by Vintage

    (first published June 1st 1959)

  • Half a Life
  • 3,804 ratings
  • April 23rd 2009 by Vintage International

    (first published 2001)

V.S. Naipaul
  • V.S. Naipaul

  • Date of birth: August 17, 1932
  • Died: August 11, 2018
  • Born: in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago.

  • Description: Naipaul was born and raised in Trinidad, to which his grandfathers had emigrated from India as indentured servants. He is known for the wistfully comic early novels of Trinidad, the bleaker novels of a wider world remade by the passage of peoples, and the vigilant chronicles of his life and travels, all written in characteristic, widely admired, prose.

    At 17, he won a Trinidad Government scholarship to study abroad. In the introduction to the 20th-anniversary edition of A House for Mr. Biswas, he reflected that the scholarship would have allowed him to study any subject at any institution of higher learning in the British Commonwealth, but that he chose to go to Oxford to do a simple degree in English. He went, he wrote, "in order at last to write...." In August 1950, Naipaul boarded a Pan Am flight to New York, continuing the next day by boat to London.

    50 years later, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "V. S." Naipaul was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature "for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories."