An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.

V. S. Naipaul

V. S. Naipaul

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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All the details of the life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of the writing will remain. No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there.

It is wrong to have an ideal view of the world. That's where the mischief starts. That's where everything starts unravelling...

You would say that he felt that money had made him holy.

I've never abandoned the novel.

He spoke about Africa in an unusual way. He spoke of Africa as though Africa was a sick child and he was the parent.

Writers should provoke disagreement.

We have nothing. We solace ourselves with the great men of our tribe, the Gandhi and the Nehru, and we castrate ourselves. 'Here, take my manhood and invest it for me. Take my manhood and be a greater man yourself, for my sake!

Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society.

You need someone to see what you've done, to read it and to understand it and to appreciate what's gone into it.

We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind. When our ways of thinking had changed, and we wished to know, it was too late. I know nothing of the people on my father's side; I know only that some of them came from Nepal.

Great writing can be done in biography, history, art.

In fact, the only person who seemed to examine the event with some astonishment was myself, who marvelled that such a turn in my life could occur so easily.

It made smuggling easy; but I was nervous of getting involved, because a government that breaks its own laws can also easily break you.

Everywhere else men are in movement, the world is in movement, and the past can only cause pain.