Set in an unnamed African country, V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River is narrated by Salim, a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast.
He believes The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
So he has taken the initiative; left the coast; acquired his own shop in a small, growing city in the continent's remote interior and is selling sundries - little more than this and that, really - to the natives.
This spot, this `bend in the river', is a microcosm of post-colonial Africa at the time of Independence: a scene of chaos, violent change, warring tribes, ignorance, isolation and poverty. And from this rich landscape emerges one of the author's most potent works - a truly moving story of historical upheaval and social breakdown.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date: 27/01/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780330522991
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