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Mohun Biswas was born in Trinidad to parents of Indian origin. The family pandit declared that since Mohun was born the 'wrong way', he would bring harm to his parents and would grow up to become 'a lecher and a spendthrift'. The pandit's prophecy is soon confirmed as Mohun becomes responsible for the drowning of his father.
As he grows up, he continues to live in the shadow of his dark fate and all his attempts to break out of it seem to go in vain. He even ends up marrying against his choice and becoming dependent on the overbearing family of his wife. He finally decides to buy a house for himself as means of making himself a free man.
The story follows his dogged pursuance as he strives to defy his fate and find a place for himself. The book is held among the best written contemporary English novels. It was included by the Modern Library on its list of 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. It was also listed by Time magazine in its list of 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. It has been adapted for a stage musical and for a two-part radio dramatization.
About V. S. Naipaul
V. S. Naipaul is a Nobel Prize winning writer.
In a career spanning over fifty years, he has written a number of books, both fiction and non-fiction. The Mystic Masseur, In a Free State, and A Bend in the River are among his most well-received novels. He has written extensively on historical, religious, and social themes in many of his non-fiction books such as Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples and The Loss of El Dorado.
Naipaul is held among leading contemporary novelists. His works are marked by the distinct post-colonial tradition of writing. His early stories featured dark humour and largely took from the tropical atmosphere of his surroundings in Trinidad. His more recent writings, like The Enigma of Arrival and Half a Life, are more about his cross-cultural experiences outside his native land.
Naipaul was born in 1932 in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago, to parents of Indian descent. He has received a number of literary honours over the years, including the Somerset Maugham Award, the Booker Prize, the David Cohen Prize for a lifetime's achievement in British Literature. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2001