Renowned novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize in literature, has died at the age of 85, his family announced.
Sir Vidia, who was born in rural Trinidad in 1932, wrote more than 30 books including A Bend in the River and his masterpiece, A House for Mr Biswas.
His wife Lady Naipaul called him said he died at his home in London “surrounded by those he loved having lived a life which was full of wonderful creativity and endeavour”, BBC writes.
American travel writer Paul Theroux, who had a bitter 15-year feud with Sir Vidia before reconciling, said “he will go down as one of the greatest writers of our time”.
Paying tribute to his friend, who he said had been in poor health, Theroux said: “He also never wrote falsely.
“He was a scourge of anyone who used a cliché or an un-thought out sentence. He was very scrupulous about his writing, very severe, too.”
Salman Rushdie, who also disagreed repeatedly with Sir Vidia, said he feels “as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother”.
We disagreed all our lives, about politics, about literature, and I feel as sad as if I just lost a beloved older brother. RIP Vidia. #VSNaipaul
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) August 12, 2018
A broadcaster for the BBC’s Caribbean service between 1957 and 1961, Sir Vidia, was one of the first winners of British literary award the Booker Prize, for In A Free State in 1971.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 2001, the committee described Sir Vidia as “a modern philosopher. In a vigilant style, which has been deservedly admired he transforms rage into precision and allows events to speak with their own inherent irony.”
His first wife, Patricia Hale, died in 1996 and he went on to marry Pakistani journalist, Nadira.