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The Writer and the World: Essays

The Writer and the World: Essays

2003 ·
·3.82·196 Ratings ·544 Pages
“ Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. ” ― Rumi
Authors' Books
  • Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond

    2007·
    ·3.65·320 Ratings
    A New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceIn Temptations of the West, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on journeys through South Asia, and considers the pressures of Western-style modernity and prosperity on the reg
  • An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World

    2005·
    ·3.96·618 Ratings
    An End to Suffering tells of Pankaj Mishra's search to understand the Buddha's relevance in today's world, where religious violence, poverty and terrorism prevail. As he travels among Islamists and the emerging Hindu Muslim class in India, Pakistan, and A
  • The Siege of Krishnapur

    2004·
    ·3.9·4,480 Ratings
    India, 1857--the year of the Great Mutiny, when Muslim soldiers turned in bloody rebellion on their British overlords. This time of convulsion is the subject of J. G. Farrell's The Siege of Krishnapur, widely considered one of the finest British novels of
  • From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia

    2012·
    ·3.96·1,037 Ratings
    A surprising, gripping narrative depicting the thinkers whose ideas shaped contemporary China, India, and the Muslim world     A little more than a century ago, as the Japanese navy annihilated the giant Russian one at the Battle of Tsushima,
  • A Bend in the River

    2002·
    ·3.77·12,273 Ratings
    When Salim, a young Indian man, is offered a small business in Central Africa, he accepts. As he strives to establish himself, he becomes closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly-dependent state.
  • Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions Among the Converted Peoples

    1999·
    ·3.75·525 Ratings
    "Brilliant. . . . A powerfully observed, stylistically elegant exploration." --The New York TimesA New York Times Notable Book of the Year"The book's strength lies in Naipaul's extraordinary ability as a storyteller to draw striking portraits of a cross s
  • India: A Wounded Civilization

    2003·
    ·3.66·956 Ratings
    In 1975, at the height of Indira Gandhi’s “Emergency,” V. S. Naipaul returned to India, the country his ancestors had left one hundred years earlier. Out of that journey he produced this concise masterpiece: a vibrant, defiantly unsentimental portra
  • The Middle Passage

    2002·
    ·3.57·407 Ratings
    In 1960 the government of Trinidad invited V. S. Naipaul to revisit his native country and record his impressions. In this classic of modern travel writing he has created a deft and remarkably prescient portrait of Trinidad and four adjacent Caribbean soc
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