India: A Million Mutinies Now

Publisher: Vintage Canada
An impassioned and prescient travelogue written during V. S. Naipaul's final sojourn to his ancestral homeland. Now with a new preface by the author.

Arising out of Naipaul's lifelong obsession and passion for a country that is at once his and totally alien, India: A  Million Mutinies Now relates the stories of many of the people he met travelling there more than fifty years ago. He explores how they have been steered by the innumerable frictions present in Indian society--the contradictions and compromises of religious faith, the whim and chaos of random political forces. This book represents Naipaul's last word on his homeland, complementing his two other India travelogues, An Area of Darkness and India: A Wounded Civilization.



Bombay is a crowd. But I began to feel, when I was some way into the city from the airport that morning, that the crowd on the pavement and the road was very great, and that something unusual might be happening.

Traffic into the city moved slowly because of the crowd. When at certain intersections the...
Read More


"What is extraordinary is the sheer exuberance and catholicity of Naipaul's curiosity.... We can be thankful for his rich and detailed analysis.... An intricate, splendid, and utterly memorable book."
—The New York Times Book Review

"Brilliantly penetrating and shrewd.... Each story, evoked by Naipaul's sensitive and nuanced probing, reflects complexities and contradictions and gives us a glimpse, however tiny, of the mosaic totality that comprises India."
The Chicago Tribune

"One of the most intelligent writers of our time.... Naipaul's word-pictures of India are lyrical, spare, precise and vivid.... He succeeds--brilliantly--in integrating India's individual truths with a larger picture of the country."
The Toronto Star