"In a Free State" deals in displacement. It tells first of an Indian servant in Washington, then of an Asian West Indian in London who is in jail for murder. Then the story moves to Africa, to a fictional country something like Uganda or Rwanda. The two main characters are English. They once found Africa liberating, but now it has gone sour on ...Read More"In a Free State" deals in displacement. It tells first of an Indian servant in Washington, then of an Asian West Indian in London who is in jail for murder. Then the story moves to Africa, to a fictional country something like Uganda or Rwanda. The two main characters are English. They once found Africa liberating, but now it has gone sour on them. At a time of tribal conflict they have to make the long drive to the safety of their compound. In the background, the threat of violence looms. The voices in this novel are breathtakingly vivid, while the characters are portrayed with an intelligence and sensitivity that is rarely seen in contemporary writing. Dennis Potter described the book as one 'of such lucid complexity and such genuine insight, so deft and deep, that it somehow manages to agitate, charm, amuse and excuse the reader all at the same pitch of experience'. This is one of V.S. Naipaul's greatest novels, hard but full of pity.Read Less
Very good in fine dust jacket. UK hardback first impression of the 1971 Booker winner. The book is VG with some spotting to top page edges, and some offset browning to front endpaper from 1971 newspaper clippings about the Booker win that are laid in. The jacket is unclipped and in fine condition. Andre Deutsch 1971. Language: eng Language: eng 0.0" 0.0 0.0.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. SIGNED by Naipaul on the title page. First U.K. Edition. Booker Prize winner. Original price £1.75 is printed on the front flap of the dust jacket. Comes housed in a custom slipcase. We will provide a certificate of authenticity for this item.
First edition of the author's Booker Prize-winning novel. Octavo. Signed by the author on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with just a touch of wear. Trinidadian essayist and novelist V.S. Naipaul has won both the 1971 Booker Prize and the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature. In the same trend of excellence, In a Free State has garnered reviews that "V. S. Naipaul tells stories which show us ourselves and the reality we live in. His use of language is as precise as it is beautiful" (The London Times). "A Tolstoyan spirit....The so-called Third World has produced no more brilliant literary artist" (John Updike, The New Yorker).
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