Sir V.S. Naipaul is a Trinidadian writer of Indian descent best known for novels A House for Mr. Biswas (1961), A Bend in the River (1979) and A Way in the World (1994). His novels, set in developing countries, are known for their pessimistic and cynical tone, often referred to as "suppressed histories." He received the Nobel Prize in 2001 for his novel Half a Life, a story about an Indian immigrant to England and Africa. He has also written several works of non-fiction including An Area of Darkness (1965), India: A Wounded Civilization (1977) and Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (1981), as well as travel writing and several essays. He was knighted in 1989.
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