A Wounded Civilization
Vintage, Paperback, 9781400030750, 176pp.
Publication Date: April 8, 2003
Drawing on novels, news reports, political memoirs, and his own encounters with ordinary Indians from a supercilious prince to an engineer constructing housing for Bombay's homeless Naipaul captures a vast, mysterious, and agonized continent inaccessible to foreigners and barely visible to its own people. He sees both the burgeoning space program and the 5,000 volunteers chanting mantras to purify a defiled temple; the feudal village autocrat and the Naxalite revolutionaries who combined Maoist rhetoric with ritual murder. Relentless in its vision, thrilling in the keenness of its prose, India: A Wounded Civilization" "is a work of astonishing insight and candor.
“Extraordinarily forceful. . . . Naipaul is an elegantly precise and exacting writer.” –Newsweek
“A deep pleasure to read. . . . Adventurous, inquiring, observant, penetrating, intelligent.” –The Washington Post Book World
“Typical Naipaul–brilliantly lucid, terse, with something hardbitten yet resigned in the emotional background.” –The New York Times Book Review