An Area of Darkness

Author(s): Naipaul, V.S

Literary biography

A luminous and challenging work of autobiographical travel writing.

In An Area of Darkness, V.S. Naipaul describes his encounter with a force in his life which shocked him into awareness of a need for self-examination and self-explanation. It is perhaps natural that his year-long sojourn in India should have provided such a shock. The experience was not a pleasant one, but the pain the author suffered was creative rather than numbing, and engendered a masterful work of literature that is by turns tender, lyrical, explosive and cruel.

With spectacular narrative skill, Naipaul provides a revelation both of India and of himself: a displaced person who paradoxically possesses a stronger sense of place than almost anyone. He spins his web not so much to entrap his readers as to make them think for themselves.

Paperback (B-Format)

Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9780330487160
  • : Picador Books
  • : Picador Books
  • : January 2002
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Naipaul, V.S
  • : Paperback
  • : good
  • : 290