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A Way in the World

(1994)
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Awards
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel (nominee)
This vastly innovative novel explores colonial inheritance through a series of narratives that span continents, swing back and forth between past and present and delve into both autobiography and fiction.

Naipaul offers a personal choice of examples of Spanish and British imperial history in the Caribbean, including an imagined vision of Raleigh's last expedition and an introduction to Francisco de Miranda, a would-be liberator and precursor to Bolívar, which are placed within a context of echoing modernity and framed by two more personal, heavily autobiographical sections sketching the narrator - an eloquent yet humble man of Indian descent who grew up in Trinidad but spent much of his adult life in England and Africa.

Meditative and dramatic, these historical reconstructions, imbued with Naipaul's acute perception, drawn with his deft and sensitive touch, and told in his beautifully wrought prose, are transmuted into an astonishing novel exploring the profound and mysterious effect of history on the individual.


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"His own modern labour of love, loss and disquiet, this really is a book to treasure." - Malcolm Bradbury


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May 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-434-51029-7 / 978-0-434-51029-0 (UK edition)
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July 1997 : USA Hardback

Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-8446-6909-1 / 978-0-8446-6909-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Peter Smith Pub Inc
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November 1995 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-517-15833-7 / 978-0-517-15833-3 (USA edition)
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November 1994 : UK Hardback
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Title: Way in the World 'a' Open Market
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-7493-9609-1 / 978-0-7493-9609-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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May 1994 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Way In The World: A Novel
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-394-56478-2 / 978-0-394-56478-4 (USA edition)
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August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-307-40146-4 / 978-0-307-40146-5 (USA edition)
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Way in the World: A Sequence
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-330-52288-4 / 978-0-330-52288-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Way In The World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-7493-9630-X / 978-0-7493-9630-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage Classics
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June 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Way in the World: A Novel
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-679-76166-7 / 978-0-433-39711-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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November 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-7493-9753-5 / 978-0-7493-9753-1 (UK edition)
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May 1994 : UK Paperback
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Title: Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 0-434-00210-0 / 978-0-434-00210-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd
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August 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5497-6 / 978-1-5385-5497-5
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September 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: A Way in the World: Library Edition
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5496-8 / 978-1-5385-5496-8
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Title: A Way in the World
Author(s): V S Naipaul
ISBN: 1-5385-5498-4 / 978-1-5385-5498-2
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Title: A Way in the World: A Novel
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Way in the World: A Novel
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Title: A Way in the World: A Novel
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August 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Way in the World
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April 2011 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: A Way in the World: A Novel (Vintage International)
Author(s): V S Naipaul
Publisher: Vintage
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