(25 February 1945 – 13 August 1985), born Shivadhar Srivinasa Naipaul in Port of Spain
, Trinidad and Tobago
, was a Trinidadian and British
novelist and journalist.
Shiva Naipaul was the younger brother of novelist V. S. Naipaul
. He went first to Queen's Royal College
and St Mary's College
in Trinidad, then emigrated to Britain, having won a scholarship to study Chinese at University College, Oxford
. At Oxford, he met and later married Jenny Stuart, with whom he had a son, Tarun.
With Jenny's support, Shiva Naipaul wrote his first novel, Fireflies
, and followed it with The Chip-Chip Gatherers
. He then decided to concentrate on journalism
, and wrote two non-fiction works, North of South
and Black & White
, before returning to the novel form in the 1980s with A Hot Country
, a departure from his two earlier comic novels set in Trinidad, as well as a collection of fiction and non-fiction, Stories and Pieces
. Both his fiction and nonfiction were characterized by a starkly pessimistic view of Commonwealth
societies that attacked the post-imperial native hierarchies for their crassness and mimicry of the West, and in turn the banality and diffidence of Western......