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Shiva Naipaul (25 February 1945 — 13 August 1985), born Shivadhar Srivinasa Naipaul in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, was a Trinidadian and British novelist and journalist.

Shiva Naipaul was the younger brother of novelist V. S. Naipaul. He went first to Queen's Royal College and St Mary's College in Trinidad, then emigrated to Britain, having won a scholarship to study Chinese at University College, Oxford. At Oxford, he met and later married Jenny Stuart, with whom he had a son, Tarun.

With Jenny's support, Shiva Naipaul wrote his first novel, Fireflies, and followed it with The Chip-Chip Gatherers. He then decided to concentrate on journalism, and wrote two non-fiction works, North of South and Black & White, before returning to the novel form in the 1980s with A Hot Country, a departure from his two earlier comic novels set in Trinidad, as well as a collection of fiction and non-fiction, Stories and Pieces. Both his fiction and nonfiction were characterized by a starkly pessimistic view of Commonwealth societies that attacked the post-imperial native hierarchies for their crassness and mimicry of the West, and in turn the banality and diffidence of Western liberalism.

On the morning of 13 August 1985, at the age of 40, Naipaul had a fatal heart attack while working at his desk Sardonic genius | The Spectator. The Spectator Magazine, for whom his wife Jenny had worked as a secretary, and which had published many of his articles, established the since-discontinued Shiva Naipaul Memorial Prize. The visit | The Spectator

In his book Sir Vidia's Shadow, Paul Theroux's memoir of Shiva's older brother, V.S Naipaul, Theroux described Shiva as a 'sot', shrunken by the towering figure of his famous brother, with a penchant for drunken partying and a need to have his meals made for him. Theroux also took issue with Shiva's skills as a writer, particularly as a travel writer. Recently, Sir Vidia's Shadow has come under attack for its demonstrable inaccuracies Patrick French's biography of VS Naipaul: Naipaul's friendship with Paul Theroux - Telegraph.

A radically more positive appreciation of Shiva Naipaul by the journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft in The Spectator is backed up by the novelist Martin Amis, who wrote that Shiva Naipaul was one of those people who caused your heart to lift when he entered the losing him, we have lost thirty years of untranscribed, unvarnished genius

A recent Arena documentary on his brother V. S. Naipaul reproduced footage of Shiva from an earlier documentary from the early 1980s, in which Shiva returned to Trinidad to see his mother BBC iPlayer - Arena: The Strange Luck of V.S. Naipaul

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Total Books: 41
The Chip-Chip Gatherers
1997 - The Chip-chip Gatherers [Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140188257
ISBN-10: 0140188258
Genre: Literature & Fiction

North of South An African Journey
1997 - North of South an African Journey [Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140188264
ISBN-10: 0140188266
Genres: Reference, Travel
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

1996 - Fireflies (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140188240
ISBN-10: 014018824X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Hot Country
1996 - A Hot Country [Love and Death In a Hot Country - Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140188349
ISBN-10: 0140188347
Genre: Literature & Fiction

A Man of Mystery and Other Stories
1996 - A Man of Mystery and Other Stories [Twentieth Century Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140188356
ISBN-10: 0140188355
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

L'illusion du tiers-monde
1996 - L'illusion Du Tiers-monde (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782909848297
ISBN-10: 2909848299

A Trinidad vivait une famille
1994 - A Trinidad VIvait Une Famille (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782879290614
ISBN-10: 2879290619

Nine Faces of Kenya Portrait of a Nation
1991 - Nine Faces of Kenya Portrait of a Nation (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670838721
ISBN-10: 0670838721
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

1991 - Unfinished Journey [ABACUS BOOKS] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780349100098
ISBN-10: 0349100098
Genre: Literature & Fiction

An Unfinished Journey
1988 - An Unfinished Journey (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140109252
ISBN-10: 0140109250
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Beyond the Dragon's Mouth
1986 - Beyond the Dragon's Mouth (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140086829
ISBN-10: 014008682X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Love and Death in a Hot Country
1985 - Love and Death in a Hot Country (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140076639
ISBN-10: 0140076638

Love and Death in a Hot Country
1984 - Love and Death in a Hot Country (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780670442119
ISBN-10: 0670442119
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Chip-chip Gatherers
1983 - The Chip-chip Gatherers (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140039566
ISBN-10: 0140039562
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

1982 - Lucioles (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020201018
ISBN-10: 2020201011

Black and White
1981 - Black and White (Other)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780349124919
ISBN-10: 0349124914

1981 - Journey to Nowhere (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780671424718
ISBN-10: 0671424718
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality, Christian Books & Bibles
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

North of South An African Journey
1980 - North of South an African Journey (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140048940
ISBN-10: 0140048944
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Reference, Travel
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

1979 - North of South (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780671247423
ISBN-10: 0671247425
Genre: History
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Journey to Nowhere A New World Tragedy
Journey to Nowhere a New World Tragedy (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780140061895
ISBN-10: 0140061894
Genre: Religion & Spirituality
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.