The novel is set in a free state of Africa at a time of civil conflict when a once-ruling tribe is being decimated.
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“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
“The coolest literary eye and the most lucid prose we have.” —The New York
This grouping of two short stories, a short novel within a prologue and an epilogue from Naipaul's travel journals, is held together by Naipaul's pervading concern with the themes of exile, freedom and prejudice.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1977. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX014003711X