A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul

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In the "brilliant novel" ("The New York Times) V.S. Naipaul takes us deeply into the life of one man--an Indian who, uprooted by the bloody tides of Third World history, has come to live in an isolated town at the bend of a great river in a newly independent African nation. Naipaul gives us the most convincing and disturbing vision yet of what happens in a place caught between the dangerously alluring modern world and its own tenacious past and traditions.

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The 514th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 9th on Robert McCrum's top 10 books of the twentieth century (The Guardian)
  2. - 67th on The Telegraph’s 100 Novels Everyone Should Read (Telegraph)
  3. - 83rd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  4. - 83rd on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time: The List (The Observer)
  5. - 96th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
  6. - 118th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  7. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))
  8. - 50 Books to Read Before You Die (Barnes and Noble)

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