VS Naipaul
Sir V.S. Naipaul is a Trinidadian-British author of novels, travel literature and essays. He has written comic novels set in Trinidad and Tobago as well as bleaker novels and autobiographical works. Naipaul’s family originated in Nepal, moved to India, then to Trinidad (where he was born). He moved to London in 1954. Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001 and knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1989.

V.S. Naipaul made his debut as a published author in 1957 with the novel The Mystic Masseur. Below is a list of V.S. Naipaul’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


The Mystic Masseur(1957) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Suffrage of Elvira(1958) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miguel Street(1959) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A House for Mr. Biswas(1961) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mr Stone and the Knights Companion(1963) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Flag On the Island(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mimic Men(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
In a Free State(1971) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Overcrowded Barracoon(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guerrillas(1975) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Bend in the River(1979) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Congo Diary(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Finding the Center(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Enigma of Arrival(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Way in the World(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half a Life(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Magic Seeds(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Nightwatchman's Occurrence Book(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vintage Naipaul(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Collected Short Fiction(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


The Middle Passage(1962) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
An Area of Darkness(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Loss of El Dorado(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
India: A Wounded Civilization(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return of Eva Peron(1980) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Among The Believers(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Turn in the South(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
India: A Million Mutinies Now(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beyond Belief(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sir Vidia's Shadow(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Letters Between a Father and Son(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Between Father and Son(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Reading and Writing(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Writer and the World(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Literary Occasions(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
American Occasions(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Writer's People(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Masque of Africa(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Omnibus Books


The Perfect Tenants / The Mourners(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Three Novels: The Mystic Masseur, the Suffrage of Elvira, Micuel Street(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystic Masseur / Miguel Street(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Sir Vidia’s Shadow was written with Paul Theroux.

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V.S. Naipaul Synopsis: Miguel Street is a standalone novel by V.S. Naipaul. To the residents of Miguel Street, a derelict corner in the capital of Trinidad, their neighbourhood is a complete world, where everybody is quite different from everybody else. There’s Popo the carpenter, who neglects his livelihood to build “the thing without a name;” Man-man, who goes from running for public office to staging his own crucifixion; Big Foot, the dreaded bully with glass tear ducts; and the lovely Mrs. Hereira, in thrall to her monstrous husband.


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