In A Free State

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IN A FREE STATE
by V. S. Naipaul
published by Picador

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A young Indian servant in Washington. An Asian West Indian in London. Both are far from home and both are desperately trying to build a new life in a deeply unfamiliar world. In between them lies the landscape of an unnamed country, a brutal place reminiscent of Idi Amin's Uganda. This central story is about those who once thought of Africa as liberating, but now find themselves in an increasingly harsher reality.

Winner of the Booker Prize in 1971, In a Free State is one of Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipaul's many towering literary achievements. It is a story of the desperation and heartbreak we find in those who are displaced and who try, often in vain, to make a home in their new surroundings. Frightening, disquieting and merciless, this is one of Sir Naipaul's greatest novels: fraught but full of pity.

- paperback: 272 pages
- product dimensions: 129 x 198 mm
- ISBN: 9781529014051