Set in an unnamed African country, V. S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River is narrated by Salim, a young man from an Indian family of traders long resident on the coast. He believes The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it. So he has taken the initiative; left the coast; acquired his own shop in a small, growing city in the continent’s remote interior and is selling sundries – little more than this and that, really – to the natives.

This spot, this ‘bend in the river’, is a microcosm of post-colonial Africa at the time of Independence: a scene of chaos, violent change, warring tribes, ignorance, isolation and poverty. And from this rich landscape emerges one of the author’s most potent works – a truly moving story of historical upheaval and social breakdown.

A Bend in the River - Paperback

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    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (1 April 2011)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 033052299X
    • ISBN-13: 978-0330522991
    • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
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