Burning Bright INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

Burning Bright: INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

INDIA: A MILLION MUTINIES NOW

by V.S. Naipaul

Viking; 521 pages; $24.95

At the end of his last book on India, V.S. Naipaul wrote that the country's survival depended on seeing the past as dead "or the past will kill." In that volume, India: A Wounded Civilization, as well as in his earlier work on the subcontinent, An Area of Darkness, the Trinidad-born writer of Indian descent scorched the landscape of subcontinent society, indicting the rigidities of a country that preserved the evils of the Hindu caste system and endured a suffocating bureaucracy. Now Naipaul has returned to India more than...

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