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India: A Wounded Civilization

Naipaul, V. S.

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ISBN 10: 039440291X / ISBN 13: 9780394402918
Published by Knopf, New York, 1977
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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By the 2001 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Review copy with review slip and b/w photo of author laid in. Blue paper boards with black cloth spine. Gilt lettering on spine and author's name in blue on front board. Edges of boards slightly faded. Dj has one 1/2 inch closed tear at top front edge. Bottom corner of Contents and Foreward pages (4 pages in all) creased. Otherwise clean and tight. Water stain along bottom edge of spine shows on verso of dj. In protective mylar jacket. Price intact. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 2901

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Title: India: A Wounded Civilization

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1977

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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In 1964 the author Naipaul wrote "An Area of Darkness", his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later he came to write "India: A Wounded Civilization" in which he recapitulates the feelings that the vast, mysterious and agonized continent aroused in him.

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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 portrait of a society traumatized by centuries of foreign conquest and immured in a mythic vision of its past.
Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians-from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay's homeless-Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization" is a work of astonishing insight and candor.

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