London Calling
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London Calling

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V.S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues that Naipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regress

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Published February 27th 1992 by Oxford University Press (first published January 1st 1992)
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this book broke open the way i think about naipaul, who had long been a literary model of mine, for the clarity, brevity, and grace of his writing style. nixon makes an eloquent, forceful, and thorough case that under the beauty of naipaul's style lie deeply troubling politics that perpetuate stereotypes about peripheral cultures and prevent true cultural/material progress for those communities from happening. for one, naipaul's pessimistic rhetoric about Third World/postcolonial communities is...more
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