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From his reporting on Islamic true believers to his descriptions of the postcolonial world, V. S. Naipaul has been a controversial figure in contemporary letters. Winner of the Nobel Prize, Naipaul has traveled throughout the world, looking at its varied cultures and seeking out others' stories, recording and transforming them. His engagement with postcolonial cultures informs his novels, such as Guerrillas and A Bend in the River. However, it is his documentaries (such as Among the Believers and Beyond Belief) and his works that combine actual and fictional histories and memories (Finding the Center, The Enigma of Arrival, and A Way in the World) that best exhibit a growing awareness of the complexities of cultural difference -- and the incompleteness and uncertainty of understanding "strangers." In this book, Dagmar Barnouw explores the sophisticated strategies and experimentations that Naipaul employs in his cultural critique and in his enterprise of learning about and documenting the enduring strangeness of this world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction: Cultural Plurality and Cultural Value
  2. pp. ix-xv
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  1. 1. Understanding Strangers
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Postcoloniality and Historicity
  2. pp. 20-29
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  1. 3. Stories of Other Lives: Novels
  2. pp. 30-49
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  1. 4. Stories of Other Lives: Documentaries Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey
  2. pp. 50-67
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  1. 5. Stories of Other Lives: Documentaries Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples Iran
  2. pp. 68-89
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  1. 6. Stories of Other Lives: Documentaries Beyond Belief: Islamic Excursions among the Converted Peoples Pakistan
  2. pp. 90-107
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  1. 7. Uncertain Histories: Finding the Center and The Enigma of Arrival
  2. pp. 108-129
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  1. 8. Uncertain Histories: A Way in the World
  2. pp. 130-149
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 150-171
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 173-176
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