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A Bend in the River

V.S. Naipaul

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ISBN 10: 0394505735 / ISBN 13: 9780394505732
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1979
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Book by Nobel Prize winning author V.S. Naipaul is in near fine condition, except for slight wear at spine bottom and front corner by fore edge. Very slight fading at spine top. unclipped ($8.95) jacket is VG, would be VF if not for large chip at spine bottom and dark scuff (2 1/4" ) at front fold. Wonderful full page letter dated 19 July 1979 by author from his London residence to former owner of book. The letter talks about their inability to get together because of a trip Naipaul is taking and suggests getting together at a later date in London. Jacket is NOT price clipped ($8.95), First edition stated.The setting is Africa today, (1970"s) in a country somewhere in the interior that has recently suffered revolution a civil war and is now under the authority of a new President, a man whose immense, almost insane energy and untempered crudity have made his power felt even in the remotest villages. ( almost sounds like the U. S. 2017) Naipaul takes us completely into the existence of one isolated man who has come to live in an isolated village at : " a bend in the river." Book and terrific ALS letter are both fine collectibles, Book is protected in Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 000414

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Title: A Bend in the River

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Tipped in letter

Edition: 1st Edition

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'Brilliant and terrifying' - "Observer". I had to be the man who was doing well and more than well, the man whose drab shop concealed some bigger operation that made millions. I had to be the man who had planned it all, who had come to the destroyed town at the bend in the river because he had foreseen the rich future. 'Salim, the narrator, is a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast of Central Africa. Salim has left the coast to make his way in the interior, there to take on a small trading shop of this and that, sundries, sold to the natives. The place is 'a bend in the river'; it is Africa. The time is post-colonial, the time of Independence. The Europeans have withdrawn or been forced to withdraw and the scene is one of chaos, violent change, warring tribes, ignorance, isolation, poverty and a lack of preparation for the modern world they have entered, or partially assumed as a sort of decoration. It is a story of historical upheaval and social breakdown. Naipaul has fashioned a work of intense imaginative force. It is a haunting creation, rich with incident and human bafflement, played out in an immense detail of landscape rendered with a poignant brilliance' - Elizabeth Hardwick. 'Always a master of fictional landscape, Naipaul here shows, in his variety of human examples and in his search for underlying social causes, a Tolstoyan spirit' - John Updike.

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hed in 1979, A Bend in the River is a profound and richly observed novel of the politics and society of postcolonial Africa. Salim, a young Indian man, moves to a town on a bend in the river of a recently independent nation. As Salim strives to establish his business, he comes to be closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly created state, the remnants of the old regime clashing inevitably with the new. "Naipaul's novels are about the struggle for existence in a world still colonial despite the breakup of the old Western empires," wrote Alfred Kazin.
   A Bend in the River is demonstration of V. S. Naipaul's status as one of the world's best novelists. The New York Times Book Review noted: "For sheer abundance of talent there can hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V. S. Naipaul." Elizabeth Hardwick, who has provided a
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