Set in an unnamed African country, the book 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

V. S. Naipaul—A Bend In The River

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