V. S. Naipaul  

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"Rahul Singh interviewed the author, V. S. Naipaul, soon after the [The Satanic Verses] fatwa (The Sunday Observer, Bombay, 26 February 1989). He asked him: 'Don't you think Khomeini's murder contract on him is too atrocious for words?', to which Naipaul strangely replied, ' It's an extreme form of literary criticism ' ..." --Free speech: report of a seminar organised by the Commission for Racial Equality and the Policy Studies Institute (1990)

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Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad "Vidia" Naipaul, TC (17 August 1932 – 11 August 2018), was a Caribbean writer of Indo-Nepalese descent and Nobel Laureate who was born in Trinidad with British citizenship. He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad and Tobago, his bleaker later novels of the wider world, and his autobiographical chronicles of life and travels. He published more than thirty books, both of fiction and nonfiction, over some fifty years.

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