In a Free State by V. S. Naipaul

In a Free State is a short story by V. S. Naipaul. It was published in 1971 as one of three short stories within a book of the same name, but is by far the longest. Surrounding them is the narrator's tale. The work is symphonic with different movements working towards an overriding theme. What that theme is, is not too clearly spelled out, but there is an important aspect relating to the price of freedom with analogies between the three situations.

The 796th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - Man Booker Prize (Man Booker Prize)
  2. - 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
In a Free State: A Novel (Vintage International) Kindle Edition 118370 $10.92 2011
In a Free State Mass Market Paperback 12332568 $3.00
In a Free State: A Novel With Two Supporting Narratives Paperback 3773932 $17.69 $2.47 2002
In a Free State and Other Stories Paperback 4553856 $8.95 $0.01 1977
In a Free State: A Novel Paperback 739220 $11.17 $3.00 2002
En un estado libre/ In A Free State (Contemporanea) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 7910916 $9.47 $32.00 2009
In a Free State Mass Market Paperback 1923492 $5.17 $0.01 1984
In a Free State: A Novel With Two Supporting Narratives Paperback 2337141 $12.91 $0.02 2002
In a Free State Hardcover 2784272 $197.08 $7.66