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Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead

12 August 2018

The British writer and Nobel Prize victor for Literature, Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, died at his home in London at the age of 85, family sources said on Saturday. "Sir V S Naipaul will be remembered for his extensive works, which covered diverse subjects ranging from history, culture, colonialism, politics and more", he wrote on Twitter.

Lady Naipaul confirmed that her husband had died peacefully. He "will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time", Theroux said. He was a scourge of anyone who used a clich頯r an un-thought out sentence. "He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too".

On social media, fans paid tribute to Sir Vidia and expressed their sadness.

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English novelist and journalist Hari Kunzru recalled interviewing him and said: "When we sat down, the first thing he said was "tell me what you've read and don't lie".

Critics accused him of holding people of the developing world in contempt even as his diamantine prose won him a series of awards including the Booker prize in 1971, a knighthood in 1989 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001.

Born in Trinidad on August 17, 1932, Naipaul studied at Oxford University and published his first novel, "The Mystic Masseur", in 1957.

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Adding that Naipaul's death is a "major loss to the world of literature", Modi extended his condolences to the family. "In a vigilant style, (he) transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony".

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955. Naipaul was also outspoken throughout his career, likening former British prime minister Tony Blair to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution.

He also notoriously fell out with author Paul Theroux, whom he had mentored, but the pair later reunited and resolved their differences.

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Nobel Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul is dead