A Bend in the River is a 1979 novel by Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul.
The novel, telling the story of Salim, a merchant in post-colonial mid-20th century Africa, is one of Naipaul’s best known works and was widely praised. It was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1979. In 1998, the Modern Library ranked A Bend in the River #83 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. A Bend in the River has also been criticized for a perceived defence of European colonialism in Africa.
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