British author V.S. Naipaul, awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001, dies at 85

British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul died at age 85, his family has revealed

British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul died at age 85, his family revealed.

Naipaul died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones & # 39; at his home in London, said his wife, Lady Nadira Naipaul, in a statement.

"He was a giant in everything he accomplished and died peacefully surrounded by those he loved to have lived a life that was full of wonderful creativity and effort," he said.

The author, who had written more than thirty books, received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001 for "having united a perceptive narrative and incorruptible scrutiny in works that force us to see the presence of suppressed stories".

British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul died at age 85, his family has revealed

British author and Nobel Prize winner Sir V.S. Naipaul died at age 85, his family has revealed

Other honors that were granted throughout his life included the Booker Prize in 1971, the David Cohen Literature Prize in 1993 and a knighthood in 1990.

His 1961 novel, Una casa para Mr Biswas, is considered by many critics as one of his most seminal works.

The book was based on the life of his father Seepersad, who was a reporter for the Trinidad Guardian.

Vidiadhar Surajprasad was born in Chaguanas, Trinidad, and at the age of six his family moved to the capital of the country, Port of Spain.

Later it would become the scene of his first novel, written in 1959 and titled Miguel Street.

In 1948 he won a government scholarship to read English at University College, Oxford, where he suffered a nervous breakdown.

He married Patricia Hale, whom he met at Oxford in 1955.

She died in 1996 and then married Lady Nadira, who was about 20 years younger than him, shortly after.

Throughout his career he was outspoken, critically criticizing Tony Blair, as well as the famous novel by E.M. Forster, A Passage To India.

He also fought notoriously with the author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the couple met later and resolved their differences.

Among his other known works are those of Islamic fundamentalism: the 1981 work Among The Believers and the 1998 book Beyond Belief.

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