Authority and Misquotation in V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River

Imraan Coovadia


This article studies Naipaul's transformation of classical and imperial language into the stylized prose of his novels. It identifies a piece of information not previously known about A Bend in the River--that the (mis) quotation from Virgil is in fact a (mis) quotation from the Trinidadian flag--and considers the implications of Naipaul's concealment of this fact


Naipaul; Bend in the River; postcolonial fiction

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