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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents - Paul Theroux
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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents - hardcover

1997, ISBN: 0241140463

[SR: 54106], Gebundene Ausgabe, [EAN: 9780241140468], Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Book, [PU: Hamish Hamilton Ltd], Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Paul Theroux first met V.S. Naipaul, or Vidia to his friends, in Uganda in 1966. Theroux was an unknown writer, while the older Naipaul had already established a name for himself as the author of such classic novels as A House for Mr. Biswas. Their unlikely subsequent friendship stretched for more than 30 years and spanned five continents, as Theroux grew in literary stature, with novels such as The Mosquito Coast and travelogues including Riding the Iron Rooster, and Naipaul went on to secure, among other plaudits, the 1971 Booker Prize for his extraordinary collection In a Free State. But then, in 1997, their friendship ended. Snubbed by Naipaul following a chance meeting on a London street, Theroux immediately realised that "his rejection of me meant I was on my own. He had freed me, he had opened my eyes, he had given me a subject." The result was Sir Vidia's Shadow, a humorous but often elegiac account of the cantankerous Naipaul, which often reads as much as an account of Theroux's own rise to artistic maturity as a literary memoir of Naipaul. Some of the finest sections of the book deal with Theroux's contrasting experiences to Africa compared with the patrician attitude of Naipaul, and his emergence as a literary figure in London--with the help of Naipaul. At times, Sir Vidia's Shadow offers hilarious insights into Naipaul's bizarre and often offensive musings on politics, race and sex, and his selfish and single-minded belief that writing is the only thing that really matters. This is a fascinating book, made all the more intriguing by the nagging feeling that a deeper level of recrimination lies behind Theroux's account than he actually concedes. If Naipaul's rejection of Theroux allows him to become just another "subject", then how much difference is there in the end between the two writers? In the end, is this really a book about killing the literary father? Only time, and perhaps Naipaul's response, will tell. --Jerry Brotton, 56797011, Biografien & Erinnerungen, 56820011, Ethno & National, 56874011, Fachleute & Akademiker, 56902011, Familie & Kindheit, 56833011, Historisch, 56798011, Kunst & Literatur, 57107011, Memoiren, 56887011, Nachschlagewerke & Sammlungen, 56858011, Politiker & Persönlichkeiten, 1316778031, Regional U.S., 56903011, Reisen, 1316987031, Spezifische Gruppen, 57108011, Sport & Freizeit, 54071011, Genres, 52044011, Fremdsprachige Bücher, 273045011, Europäisch, 67931011, Geschichte & Kritik, 66034011, Belletristik, 54071011, Genres, 52044011, Fremdsprachige Bücher

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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents - hardcover

1997, ISBN: 0241140463

[SR: 54106], Gebundene Ausgabe, [EAN: 9780241140468], Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Book, [PU: Hamish Hamilton Ltd], Hamish Hamilton Ltd, Paul Theroux first met V.S. Naipaul, or Vidia to his friends, in Uganda in 1966. Theroux was an unknown writer, while the older Naipaul had already established a name for himself as the author of such classic novels as A House for Mr. Biswas. Their unlikely subsequent friendship stretched for more than 30 years and spanned five continents, as Theroux grew in literary stature, with novels such as The Mosquito Coast and travelogues including Riding the Iron Rooster, and Naipaul went on to secure, among other plaudits, the 1971 Booker Prize for his extraordinary collection In a Free State. But then, in 1997, their friendship ended. Snubbed by Naipaul following a chance meeting on a London street, Theroux immediately realised that "his rejection of me meant I was on my own. He had freed me, he had opened my eyes, he had given me a subject." The result was Sir Vidia's Shadow, a humorous but often elegiac account of the cantankerous Naipaul, which often reads as much as an account of Theroux's own rise to artistic maturity as a literary memoir of Naipaul. Some of the finest sections of the book deal with Theroux's contrasting experiences to Africa compared with the patrician attitude of Naipaul, and his emergence as a literary figure in London--with the help of Naipaul. At times, Sir Vidia's Shadow offers hilarious insights into Naipaul's bizarre and often offensive musings on politics, race and sex, and his selfish and single-minded belief that writing is the only thing that really matters. This is a fascinating book, made all the more intriguing by the nagging feeling that a deeper level of recrimination lies behind Theroux's account than he actually concedes. If Naipaul's rejection of Theroux allows him to become just another "subject", then how much difference is there in the end between the two writers? In the end, is this really a book about killing the literary father? Only time, and perhaps Naipaul's response, will tell. --Jerry Brotton, 56797011, Biografien & Erinnerungen, 56820011, Ethno & National, 56874011, Fachleute & Akademiker, 56902011, Familie & Kindheit, 56833011, Historisch, 56798011, Kunst & Literatur, 57107011, Memoiren, 56887011, Nachschlagewerke & Sammlungen, 56858011, Politiker & Persönlichkeiten, 1316778031, Regional U.S., 56903011, Reisen, 1316987031, Spezifische Gruppen, 57108011, Sport & Freizeit, 54071011, Genres, 52044011, Fremdsprachige Bücher, 273045011, Europäisch, 67931011, Geschichte & Kritik, 66034011, Belletristik, 54071011, Genres, 52044011, Fremdsprachige Bücher

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[EAN: 9780241140468], Fine, [SC: 6.0], [PU: hamish hamilton, london], Jacket, Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). He has published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast on which the 1986 movie is based. While at Makerere, Theroux began his friendship with novelist V. S. Naipaul. Other non-fiction by Theroux includes Sir Vidia's Shadow, an account of his personal and professional friendship with Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul that ended abruptly after 30 years.

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[EAN: 9780241140468], Fine, [PU: hamish hamilton, london], Jacket, Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). He has published numerous works of fiction, some of which were made into feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast on which the 1986 movie is based. While at Makerere, Theroux began his friendship with novelist V. S. Naipaul. Other non-fiction by Theroux includes Sir Vidia's Shadow, an account of his personal and professional friendship with Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul that ended abruptly after 30 years.

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Sir Vidia`s Shadow. A Friendship Across Five Continents. - THEROUX, PAUL.
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1998, ISBN: 0241140463

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[EAN: 9780241140468], Fine, [PU: Hamilton, London], AUTOBIOGRAPHY, MODERN FIRST EDITIONS, SIGNED BOOKS, Jacket, Dustwrapper, pp.viii, 376. A portrait of the friendship between Theroux and fellow writer V S Naipaul. Signed by Theroux on the title page. Slight wear to wrapper upper corners. Minor dints to small part of front cover of wrapper. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall

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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents.
Author:

PAUL THEROUX

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Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents.

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0241140463

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780241140468
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0241140463
Hardcover
Publishing year: 1998
Publisher: HAMISH HAMILTON LTD

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ISBN/EAN: 0241140463

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0-241-14046-3, 978-0-241-14046-8

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