Sunday, August 19, 2018

Remembering the Darkly Incandescent Genius of Trinidad's Untethered Native Son, V. S. Naipaul

"V.S. Naipaul showed us how to transform the rage and grief of the dispossessed into a creative and destructive force. He wrote with acid accuracy, dissolving down to the irreducible thought. That was the severity of his sentence... Who else reminds us that the tag of the happy-go-lucky Trinidadian is a kind of farce? T&T is the province of picong, an art that Naipaul mastered. In Trinidadian language and laughter, there is often something barbed sub-rosa... He could come from nowhere else. At his worst, he was unforgivable. But his best work turned back on him like an ouroboros.  If he despised us, his ear loved us dearly..." More>>