V.S. Naipaul: An Anthology of Recent Criticism
Edited by  Purabi Panwar

This volume brings together some of the most recent revaluations of the multifacted oeuvre of V.S. Naipaul, comprising his novels, short stories, travel writing, historical accounts, and varied essays. Focussed on the authorís creative anxieties and strategies as much as on his provocative discourses on diverse nations, cultures, histories and communities across the globe, it closely critiques most of his major texts. The anthology also explores the extent of fixities and ambivalences in Naipaulís much talked about Eurocentrism, his insights into and distortions of the past, and his assimilations/appropriations through the deployment of the telling detail and the brilliant prose. At once exciting and instructive, the volume richly investigates the authorís ceaseless endeavour to come to terms with the modern manís predicament in todayís highly tangled scenario.

Purabi Panwar holds a Ph.D. degree in English from Delhi University, and is a Reader in English at the College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University, Delhi. Her publications include a book-length study India in the Works of Kipling, Forster and Naipaul and several scholarly articles. Her English translations of major Hindi poets have appeared in various literary journals including Indian Literature of the National Academy of Letters, New Delhi. She frequently contributes articles, interviews and book reviews to various national dailies.

Contributors : Anjali Gera, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Meenakshi Bharat, Chandra B. Joshi, Chandra Chatterjee, Sudha Rai, Kavita Nandan, Richard Allen, Gillian Dooley, S. S. Sharma, Kanika Batra, Amit Chaudhuri, Fukrul Alam.

ISBN 81-857853-54-7           2007           200 pp           $ 16   Rs.400 (hb)
An eminently readable and useful collection of essays that are insightful, analytical and sensitive to the larger themes of Naipaulís work and of postcolonial writing.
The Pioneer