13 June, 2021

Amiably Yours, Sir Vidia In NY

Naipaul makes waves—and not just the literary sort—post his winning the Nobel

Amiably Yours, Sir Vidia In NY
New York City laid out the red carpet for literature's newest Nobel laureate, V.S. Naipaul, who turned almost unrecognisably genial under its spell. nyc has always been famous for welcoming poets and writers with open arms and Naipaul is an all-time favourite. He has read to sold-out houses in historic literary venues like Manhattan's 92nd Street, where the world's greatest poets like T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden and Nobel prize-winners a la Toni Morrison and Nadine Gordimer have loved to read.

So when the Trinidad-born writer was invited to read at New York University (nyu) by its prestigious Creative Writing Program, the demand for tickets was so overwhelming that the venue had to be changed for a larger one. Even so, two "overflow rooms" were set up for a live video broadcast.

After sitting through a glowing half-hour introduction with his head cocked and eyes closed, Naipaul read from Half a Life. He smiled often—the chapter he'd chosen was funny. Then, in a rare gesture, he agreed to take questions from the audience, something he hasn't done for years. But the...

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