(London): Deutsch. (1975). A novel set in an unidentified post-colonial Caribbean island, based on the author's native Trinidad, which the New York Times Book Review called the best novel of the year, and which was the Nobel Prize winner's "breakthrough" book in terms of his dealing with political, social, and personal issues in a critical, fully mature, and nuanced way: no one else was writing about these kinds of ethnically-driven political and social issues with the personal experience, insight, critical capacity and articulateness of Naipaul up to that time, wherein every cultural assumption was called into question and subject to critical scrutiny, and neither the status quo nor its politically correct inverse was allowed to go unexamined and unremarked upon. This is the uncorrected proof copy of the first edition, issued in the UK and dated the 21st of February, 1975. Spine slanted, and title and author written on the spine in red ink. A near fine copy of an extremely uncommon proof of a milestone book in the author's career, which may be seen as putting him fully onto the trajectory that led to the Nobel. First Edition. Softcover. Near Fine. (Inventory #: 032697)
Modern First Editions and Author Archives. We also deal in Native American Literature; Literature of the Beats, the Sixties and the Vietnam War; Latin American Literature; and Nature Writing, We like selling books with stories: unique copies of titles, such as association copies, that convey a specific moment in the book's history and add a human dimension exceeding even that of the author/reader connection.
Shipping & Return Policies
All books are First Editions or First American Editions in dust jackets unless otherwise noted and are returnable within 30 days.
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.