By V. S. Naipaul
Naipaul discusses the writers to whom he used to be uncovered early on—Derek Walcott, Gustave Flaubert, and his father, between them—and his first encounters with literary tradition. He illuminates the ways that the writings of Gandhi, Nehru, and different Indian writers either show and hide the authors themselves and their state. And he brings an analogous scrutiny to endure on his personal existence: his early years in Trinidad; the empty areas in his relatives background; his ever-evolving reactions to the extra complex India he could stumble upon for the 1st time at age thirty.
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A Writer's People by V. S. Naipaul