India: A Wounded Civilization

India: A Wounded Civilization

Book Title: India: A Wounded Civilization

Author: V. S. Naipaul

Format: Paperback | 176 pages

Publication Date: 03 Sep 2010

ISBN-13: 9780330522717

The second book in V. S. Naipaul's acclaimed Indian trilogy.

In 1964 V. S. Naipaul published An Area of Darkness, his semi-autobiographical account of a year in India. Two visits later, prompted by the Emergency of 1975, he came to write India: A Wounded Civilization. In this work he casts a more analytical eye than before over Indian attitudes, while recapitulating and further probing the feelings aroused in him by this vast, mysterious, and agonized country. What he saw and heard - evoked so superbly and vividly in these pages - reinforced in him a conviction that India, wounded by a thousand years of foreign rule, has not yet found an ideology of regeneration.

A work of fierce candour and precision, it is also a generous description of one man's complicated relationship with the country of his ancestors.

`A devastating work, but proof that a novelist of Naipaul's stature can often define problems quicker and more effectively than a team of economists and other experts' The Times