The Mimic Men - VS Naipaul 1967 - André Deutsch, London - First Edition A profound novel of cultural displacement, The Mimic Men follows former East Indian-West Indian politician, and battered exile, Ralph Singh, as he sits in a shabby-genteel English residential hotel writing his memoirs. As he recalls the paradoxes of his childhood, and later his short-lived marriage to an ostentatious English woman, he begins to build a complete picture of his life, masterfully evoking a colonial man’s experiences in a postcolonial world.   Dust jacket designed by Salim Patell.

VS Naipaul was born in Trinidad in 1932, and educated at Oxford. Best known for his early comic novels set in Trinidad, and his later, bleaker novels of the wider world, he has published numerous books of both fiction and non-fiction, as well as autobiographical chronicles of his life and travels. He has been the recipient of various literary awards, including the Somerset Maugham Award and the Nobel Prize.

References: Moloff, ‘
Yesterday in Isabella’ The New York Times 1967. Miller, ‘VS Naipaul Receives Nobel Prize’ Los Angeles Times 2011.
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  Condition: Fine, in near fine, unclipped dust jacket, with only the faintest hint of discolouration to the edges of the white jacket.   Ref: 106471   Price: HK$ 1,500