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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Nobel prize-winning author VS Naipaul moved to tears

The Nobel laureate made a rare public appearance at the festival and lent unique insights into his book and its legacy in contemporary literature.

Prajakta Hebbar | IBNLive.comimsopraj

Updated:January 22, 2015, 11:32 AM IST
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2015: Nobel prize-winning author VS Naipaul moved to tears
The Nobel laureate made a rare public appearance at the festival and lent unique insights into his book and its legacy in contemporary literature.
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Jaipur: It is a rare sight when a well-known, senior literary figure showcases a softer emotion. That too, in front of an audience. But that's what happened on the first day of Jaipur Literature Festival.

The Char Bagh venue played host to a sublime discussion on 'A House for Mr. Biswas' featuring Hanif Kureshi, Amit Chaudhuri and Paul Theroux, celebrating 50 years of Sir VS Naipaul's groundbreaking masterpiece. The Nobel laureate made a rare public appearance at the festival and lent unique insights into his book and its legacy in contemporary literature.

Travel writer Paul Theroux described the novel as, "The most complete novel I have ever read since Dickens."

That's when emotions overflew for Naipaul.

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