By V. S. Naipaul
In his long-awaited, tremendously cutting edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice travelers" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's straight away an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . a super new prism during which to view (Naipaul's) existence and work."--New York occasions.
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A Way in the World: A Novel by V. S. Naipaul
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