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Nobel Prize victor V S Naipaul passes away

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Jeannette Daniel | 12 August, 2018, 19:59

Nobel prize-winning author V S Naipaul, known for his critical commentary on colonialism, idealism, religion and politics, has died at the age of 85, his family said early today.

According to the BBC, she said he died surrounded by those he loved.

Of Indian origin, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, who was born in Trinidad in 1932, also won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his novel In a Free State and was knighted by the Queen in 1990.

He began his literary career in 1961 and since then has written about 30 books, although it was the novel "A House for Mr Biswas" that launched him to fame.

In awarding him the $1 million Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, the Swedish Academy praised Naipaul for combining genres into his own style that compels readers "to see the presence of suppressed histories".

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He won the Booker Prize in 1971 and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001.

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955. After she died in 1996, he went on to marry Lady Nadira.

Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community. "He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too".

He also notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the pair later reunited and resolved their differences.

Naipaul's death was mourned by many including Geordie Greig, editor of the Mail on Sunday and a close friend, said his loss leaves a "gaping hole in Britain's literary heritage" but there is "no doubt" that his "books live on".

English novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru recalled interviewing him and said: "When we sat down, the first thing he said was "tell me what you've read and don't lie".

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