London: Andre Deutsch, 1971. 1st Edition. Octavo, publisher's textured brown paper-covered boards, spine gilt, original silver, blue and black printed dust jacket.
First edition of Nobel Prize-winning British-Trinidadian novelist Naipaul's hybrid work of documentary fiction, a collection of stories and journal entries about the post-colonial situation in Africa, the West Indies and Egypt. "The Union Club had been founded by some Indians in colonial days as a multi-racial club; it was the only club in the capital that admitted Africans. After independence the Indian founders had been deported, the club seized and turned into a hotel for tourists. The garden was a wild dry tangle around a bare yard. And in the main doorway, level to the dusty ground, below a cantilevered concrete slab, Linda stood beside her ivory-coloured suitcase and waved." Winner of the 1971 Booker Prize for Fiction. Faint offsetting to endpapers from binder's glue; lightest rubbing to spine-ends of unclipped dust jacket. Near fine. Item #243