A House for Mr. Biswas

A House for Mr. Biswas

Naipaul, V. S.

Book 1.0 of Vintage International

language: English

Publisher: Knopf Canada

Publishing date: Mar 28, 2001

Words: 198407
Pages: 803


A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul "The Nobel Prize winner's first great novel" (Barack Obama), *A House for Mr. Biswas *is an unforgettable story inspired by Naipaul's father that has been hailed as one of the twentieth century's finest novels. In his forty-six short years, Mr. Mohun Biswas has been fighting against destiny to achieve some semblance of independence, only to face a lifetime of calamity. Shuttled from one residence to another after the drowning death of his father, for which he is inadvertently responsible, Mr. Biswas yearns for a place he can call home. But when he marries into the domineering Tulsi family on whom he indignantly becomes dependent, Mr. Biswas embarks on an arduous– and endless–struggle to weaken their hold over him and purchase a house of his own. A heartrending, dark comedy of manners, *A House for Mr. Biswas* masterfully evokes a man’s quest for autonomy against an emblematic post-colonial canvas.