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Magic Seeds (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages / Published: 01/04/2011
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Willie Chandran is a man who has allowed one identity after another to be thrust upon him. In his early forties, after a peripatetic life, he succumbs to the encouragement of his sister - and his own listlessness - and joins an underground movement in India. But years of revolutionary campaigns and then prison convince him that the revolution `had nothing to do with what we were fighting for', and he feels himself further than ever `from his own history'.

When he returns to Britain where, thirty years before, his wanderings began, Willie encounters a country that has turned its back on its past and, like him, has become detached from its own history. He endures the indignities of a culture dissipated by reform and compromise until, in a moment of grotesque revelation - a tour de force of parodic savagery from our most visionary of writers - Willie comes to an understanding that might finally allow him to release his true self.

`A radical further step in one of the great imaginative careers of our time . . . Magic Seeds demands our attention, and nothing more authoritative will be published this year' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph

`A novel that has subtlety, originality, shattering emotion and unmatched precision of language' Observer

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9780330522878
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 249 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Contains the heft and accumulated experience that have made Naipaul probably the most essential English-language novelist of our time."
--"New York magazine"
"A novel of careful craft ... fresh ideas, unexpected turns."
--"The Globe and Mail"
"[Naipaul] is a modern master of the multiple ironies of resentment, the claustrophobia of the margins. In a world in which terrorism continually haunts the headlines, Naipaul's work is indispensable."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
"When Naipaul talks, we listen."
--"The Atlantic Monthly"
Praise for "Half a Life":
"Naipaul is a master of English prose and the prose of Half a Life is as clean and cold as a knife."
--J. M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize
"Here, sentence by sentence, is the consummate craftsmanship, the perception, the precision, the style."
--"The Globe and Mail"

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