CONTENTS:- 1. Introduction. 2. The Suffrage of Elvira. 3. The mystic masseur. 4. A house for Mr. Biswas. 5. Mr. Stone and the knights companion. 6. The mimic men. 7. Guerrillas. 8. A bend in the river. Conclusion.
V.S. Naipaul has been a highly controversial writer since the late 1950s. As a keen observer of civilizations, cultures and histories across the world he has gradually occupied a coveted place along with some of the most celebrated modem writers like Neil Bissondath, Bharati Mukherjee, Samuel Selvon, Seepersad Naipaul (his father) etc. in exploring and interrogating the colonial and post-colonial issues and realities that have shaped the contemporary societies and their politics. No doubt, he has perceived every facet of man's relationship with power, authority and oppression. His absorption of the experience of rootlessness, the alienating effects of colonial past on the prevalent pot-colonial people has taken him to Africa, South America, India and all over the world not in search of roots but that of rootlessness, displacement or self-identity and has yielded a rich harvest of travelogues and histories. Having an area of pain, 'an ache for which one has a great tenderness', he wishes to separate himself and secure a place in a rich, enigmatic, hilarious and fascinating world of his hysteria