Author(s): V. S. Naipaul
First published in 1979, a Bend in the River is a novel of the politics and society of postcolonial Africa. Salim, a young Indian man, moves to a town on a bend in the river of a recently independent nation. As Salim strives to establish his business, he comes to be closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly created state, the remnants of the old regime clashing inevitably with the new.
"For sheer abundance of talent, there ca hardly be a writer alive who surpasses V.S. Naipaul." --The New York Times Book Review "Confirms Naipaul's position as one of the best writers now at work." --Walter Clemons, Newsweek "The sweep of Naipaul's imagination, the brilliant fictional frame that expresses it, are in my view without equal today." --Elizabeth Hardwick
V.S. Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932. He went to England on a scholarship in 1950. After fouryears at Oxford he began to write, and has since published over twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including A House for Mr. Biswas, An Area of Darkness, Among the Believers, and The Enigma of Arrival, all available in Vintage.