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Nobel Prize Laureate VS Naipaul Dies At Age 85

| August 12 , 2018 , 12:05 IST

Indian-origin Nobel Prize laureate and author VS Naipaul died at the age of 85 years in London, Naipaul's wife confirmed on Saturday.

Naipaul's wife quoted by the Guardian said, “He was a giant in all that he achieved and he died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour.”

Naipaul was born on August 17, 1932, in Trinidad to a family that had arrived from India in the 1880s. Having a dream of becoming a writer at the age of 10 years, Naipaul completed his education from Oxford University.

President of India Ramnath Kovind expressed anguish and wrote on Twitter,  "Sad to learn of the passing of V.S. Naipaul whose books are a penetrative exploration of faith, colonialism and the human condition, in his home in the Caribbean and beyond. A loss for the world of letters and for the broader school of Indo-Anglian literature."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolences and said, "Sir VS Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more. His passing away is a major loss to the world of literature. Condolences to his family and well-wishers in this sad hour."

Salman Rushdie, a famous British Indian novelist said, "We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia."

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Naipaul was awarded $1 million Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001. He was praised for combining genres into his own lifestyle.

His first novel was ‘The Mystic Masseur’ that was published in 1955. In the early sixties, Naipaul wrote ‘An Area of Darkness,’ a travelogue detailing Naipaul's trip through India.

‘India: A Wounded Civilization’ and ‘India: A Million Mutinies Now’ were among his creations based on India.

Other creation of Naipaul includes ‘A House for Mr. Biswas,’ ‘A Bend in the River,’ ‘In a Free State,’ ‘An Area of Darkness,’ ‘Half a Life’ among many other of his literary work.