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

The novel narrates the life of Mr. Biswas, a man of Indian descent living in Trinidad, who struggles against poverty and adversity to achieve personal independence and to build a home for himself and his family. Born into a poor family and married into an oppressive one, he constantly strives for autonomy and identity against the backdrop of post-colonial Trinidad. His dream of owning his own house becomes a symbol of his desire for self-determination and respect in a society that often denies him both.

The 204th greatest book of all time


Published
1961
Nationality
Trinidadian
Type
Fiction
Pages
350-500
Words
206,000
Original Language
English

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