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A House for Mr Biswas
V.S. Naipaul
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1961



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In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous - and endless - struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, A House for Mr. Biswas masterfully evokes a manís quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.

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BOOKS BY V.S. NAIPAUL:

A House for Mr Biswas
1961
Naipaul follows the fortunes of Mr Biswas, the outsider who refuses to conform to the customs of his grander in-laws whose house he lives in. Finally finding a house of his own, he triumphs over the smaller minds who would repress him.
Miguel Street
1959
Life in Trinidad is described through the eyes of a 'street rab' in Miguel Street. The happy-go-lucky community abounds in eccentric characters.
A Bend in the River
1979
In an African country that has suffered revolution and civil war and that is headed by a man of almost insane energy and crudity, one restless, reflective, and isolated villager and his friends uneasily submit to the tide of events.
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