British novelist and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Sir VS Naipaul has breathed his last on Sunday. He was 85 and died at his home in London, his family has confirmed.
Naipaul was born on Aug 17, 1932, and went on to study at Oxford University and his first novel, “The Mystic Masseur,” was published in 1957. Naipaul later gained a lot of reputation as a wrote dozens of books, many of which dealt with colonialism and its dark legacy.
The writer’s wife, Nadira Naipaul, said he “died surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavor,” The New York Times reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his demise and said, “His passing away is a major loss to the world of literature…”
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.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 12, 2018
Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in the year 2001, “for having united perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories.”
(With inputs from ANI)