A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul

It is the story of Mr Mohun Biswas, an Indo-Trinidadian who continually strives for success and mostly fails, who marries into the Tulsi family only to find himself dominated by it, and who finally sets the goal of owning his own house. Drawing some elements from the life of Naipaul's father, the work is primarily a sharply-drawn look at life in a fledgling postcolonial world.

The 211th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 4th on The Greatest 20th Century Novels (Waterstone)
  2. - 72nd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - 78th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  4. - 78th on Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Novels (Entertainment Weekly)
  5. - TIME Magazine All Time 100 Novels (TIME Magazine)
  6. - 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)
  7. - 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
  8. - 25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years (Wasafiri Magazine)
  9. - Third World Novels… The Top 10 (New Internationalist)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Una casa para el senor Biswas / A House for Mr. Biswas (Contemporanea/ Contemporary) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 823302 $17.94 $17.50 2003
A House for Mr. Biswas Paperback 112885 $10.50 $1.99 2001
Contemporary World Literature: The African Trilogy; House of the Spirits; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Cairo Trilogy; A House for Mr. Biswas; ... Library Contemporary Classics Series Hardcover 6170902 $161.95 $172.88 2010
Una Casa Para El Senor Biswas (Spanish Edition) Paperback 11448795 $49.99
A House for Mr. Biswas: A Novel (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 194336 $9.99 2010
A House for Mr. Biswas (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover 504742 $10.14 $0.01 1995
A House for Mr Biswas (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) Paperback 2227810 $3.99 $0.01 1993
A House For Mr. Biswas Paperback 4224987 $87.16 $0.01 1984
House for MR Biswas Paperback 3861858 $7.20 $5.21 2011
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A House for Mr. Biswas with Related Readings Hardcover 899554 $4.49 $2.54 2000