On Sunday morning, August 12, the sad news was revealed that world-renowned author Sir Vidia Naipaul (V.S. Naipaul) has passed away. The famous author was 85 years old at the time of his death.
Naipaul was born in Trinidad but spent most of his years in the UK. He passed away on Saturday in his London home, according to CNN. While he was well known throughout his entire life for his writing, his greatest accomplishment came in 2001 when he won the Nobel Prize in Literature, earning him the $1 million prize.
At the time, the academy said that his unique style compelled readers to “see the presence of suppressed histories…In a vigilant style, [he] transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony.”
The author’s wife, Nadira Naipaul, called her husband “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 endeavor.”
Naipaul’s most popular writings were his 1987 “The Enigma of Arrival,” which the Nobel Prize judges said was his “masterpiece” work. Other notable writings were “A Bend In the River,” “A House for Mr. Biswas,” “The Mystic Masseur,” “Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples,” etc.
Naipaul often wrote about real history and about “cultural and spiritual poverty,” especially as it related to his home in Trinidad. This was a cause for extreme controversy, as some believed that his writing was too raw and that he was being disrespectful toward his home.
The author was well respected around the world. Upon the news of his death, people around the world began mourning his death.
Please be praying for Nadira and the rest of the family during this time. Did you read his books? Let us know! In other recent news, Kraft just recalled a famous type of cheese over life-threatening bacteria. Throw it out!