Books: Half-World

THE RETURN OF EVA PERÓN, WITH THE KILLINGS IN TRINIDAD by V.S. Naipaul Knopf; 228 pages; $10

With this collection of essays, V.S.

Naipaul blows his cover as Joseph Conrad's secret agent to the abandoned worlds of imperialism. Naipaul was born in Trinidad of Hindu descent and, like Teodor Jozef Konrad Korzeniowski, made England his home. Like Conrad, Naipaul writes of social upheaval, solitude, madness and evil, but as they apply to the colonized, not the colonizers. And he is merciless.

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