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In a Free State

(1971)
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Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel
No writer has rendered our boundariless, post-colonial world more acutely or prophetically than V. S. Naipaul, or given its upheavals such a hauntingly human face. A perfect case in point is this riveting novel, a masterful and stylishly rendered narrative of emigration, dislocation, and dread, accompanied by four supporting narratives.

In the beginning it is just a car trip through Africa. Two English people--Bobby, a civil servant with a guilty appetite for African boys, and Linda, a supercilious “compound wife” [117]-- are driving back to their enclave after a stay in the capital [111]. But in between lies the landscape of an unnamed country whose squalor and ethnic bloodletting suggest Idi Amin’s Uganda. [111-12, 120, 130-1, 150, 178, 220-40] And the farther Naipaul’s protagonists travel into it, the more they find themselves crossing the line that separates privileged outsiders from horrified victims. Alongside this Conradian tour de force are four incisive portraits of men seeking liberation far from home. By turns funny and terrifying, sorrowful and unsparing, In A Free State is Naipaul at his best.


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October 1971 : UK Hardback
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-233-95832-0 / 978-0-233-95832-3 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : Paperback

Title: In a Free State (Picador Classic)
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5290-1405-0 / 978-1-5290-1405-1
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-330-52290-6 / 978-0-330-52290-8 (UK edition)
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August 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Free State
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ISBN: 0-330-52480-1 / 978-0-330-52480-3 (UK edition)
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September 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-330-46268-7 / 978-0-330-46268-6 (UK edition)
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June 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: In A Free State :
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-330-48705-1 / 978-0-330-48705-4 (UK edition)
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March 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: In a Free State - A Novel With Two Supporting Narratives
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-676-97507-0 / 978-0-330-48705-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador India
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February 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: In a Free State: A Novel
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-4000-3055-2 / 978-1-4000-3055-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 1984 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-394-72205-1 / 978-0-394-72205-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 1973 : UK Paperback
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Title: In a Free State: One out of Many; Tell me Who to Kill; in a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-14-003711-X / 978-0-14-003711-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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Audio Editions

May 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5518-2 / 978-1-5385-5518-7
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May 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: In a Free State: Library Edition
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5517-4 / 978-1-5385-5517-0
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May 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: In a Free State
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5519-0 / 978-1-5385-5519-4
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May 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: In a Free State
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May 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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May 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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May 2018 : UK Audio edition
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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March 2012 : UK Kindle edition
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December 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: In a Free State
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March 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: In a Free State: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): V S Naipaul
Publisher: Vintage
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