Nobel Prize victor V S Naipaul passes away

V S Naipaul in 2001 after it was announced that he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature

Sir Vidia, who was a broadcaster for the BBC's Caribbean service between 1957 and 1961, was one of the first winners of British literary award the Booker Prize, for In A Free State in 1971.

The conservative and controversial Naipaul, often compared to Joseph Conrad and Leo Tolstoy, wrote a dozen novels and more than 30 books overall.

In awarding him the $1 million Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001, the Swedish Academy praised Naipaul for combining genres into his own style that compels readers "to see the presence of suppressed histories". His novel The Mystic Masseur was made into a 2001 TV movie.

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Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul was born in 1932 in Chaguanas on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, to a family that had arrived from India in the 1880s, part of what he once called "an immigrant Asian community in a small plantation island in the New World". His most famous works include A House for Mr. Biswas, An Area of Darkness, India: A Wounded Civilization, and A Bend in the River.

Naipaul married Patricia Ann Hale in 1955.

Naipaul once said that he never felt at home in the community.

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Naipaul was also outspoken throughout his career, likening former British prime minister Tony Blair to a pirate at the head of a socialist revolution. After her death in 1996, he married divorced Pakistani journalist Nadira Khannum Alvi.

But Mr Theroux spoke fondly of the acclaimed author and paid tribute to "one of the greatest writers of our time". "He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too".

In a Twitter post, Mr Rushdie conceded that the pair had "disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature", but added that he feels "as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother".

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He also fell out with the American travel writer Paul Theroux, who he had mentored, in a bitter 15-year feud after Theroux discovered a book he had given Naipaul in a second-hand bookshop. "I found them usually leftwing and trivial and antiquated".

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