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Title:'Eternal grumblers': V.S. Naipaul and the uses of South Africa
Author:Coovadia, ImraanISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:South Africans
About person:Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (1932-)ISNI
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533950802078947
Abstract:With the exception of Peter Roche in 'Guerrillas' (1975), the South African characters in V.S. Naipaul's writing appear at the margins of his texts, from the fiction to travel writing and his essays on post-imperial predicaments. They are often nameless, exiles or expatriates, and sometimes are merely reported in the recollections of more substantial characters. Naipaul's South Africans, more than half their creator's projection, are a limited yet significant part of his political and imaginative inventory. They are essential components of the rhetorical traps which structure his work. The author classifies and considers these characters from South Africa according to their race and political sympathies, begining with two figures of Indian descent and ending with Naipaul's representation of white South African identity. In four decades of Naipaulian manipulation of the same South African material, from the 1970s to the first decade of the twenty-first century, the writer's ideological message remains consistent and reactionary. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]