By V. S. Naipaul

In his long-awaited, greatly leading edge new novel, Naipaul, "one of literature's nice tourists" (Los Angles Times), spans continents and centuries to create what's immediately an autobiography and a fictional archaeology of colonialism. "Dickensian . . . an excellent new prism by which to view (Naipaul's) existence and work."--New York instances.

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The fellow who were chained they known as Señor Don Pedro. It wasn’t his identify. It was once like a shaggy dog story with them. “All the time there have been these useless our bodies within the Treasury room. one in all them was once the son of the English normal. and out of doors have been these 3 different our bodies. while humans die they need to disappear. A lifeless physique is sort of a weight on the planet, a weight at the soul. Later that day, whilst everybody was once much less drained, a few of the English infantrymen went out to the lifeless males, attempted to compose their limbs, tied the our bodies jointly and buried them in a single of the holes we had dug the day earlier than. That felt larger. The crippled priest acknowledged a few prayers in his condominium. “The subsequent day they buried the 2 males stretched out within the governor’s condominium. They introduced shrouds from the ships and wrapped the our bodies in them. They put the our bodies on planks and a few males carried the planks around the open naked flooring of the plaza, in entrance of the shacks and the thatched adobe church. The commander walked by myself simply in the back of the planks. It regarded unusual, yet back I didn’t comprehend what rule they have been following. many of the infantrymen marched in formation with their flags pointing down. Others held their gigantic lances of their correct palms, the issues sloping up, the wood hafts dragging at the flooring at the back of them. two times they walked around the plaza. Then the our bodies have been buried in one other gap we had dug the day ahead of, now not faraway from the opposite. “After this, the commander started to search for gold. He dug up the floor in each ranchería. as soon as for an entire morning he had the Portuguese boy whipped from side to side throughout the payment. He notion the Portuguese boy knew the place the gold used to be. it may possibly were as a result of the boy’s accessory. Then he left the negative boy by myself. day by day he had the warriors dig. One evening he went out of the payment. within the morning he got here again with a few sand. He confirmed it to me. ‘Is this gold, Don José? ’ He turned demented. His undesirable eye flickered uncontrolled an increasing number of. He went up and down the river. as soon as he went too close to the island and the warriors from Puerto Rico spread out and killed six of his infantrymen. “Every day now, in little incidents like this, he started to lose males. on a daily basis there have been burials, and never consistently with their principles. as soon as for lots of days he went up the river in a release. He travelled during this means for 2 hundred miles. He took me with him. He had stated sooner than we begun that he knew this stretch of the river good, however it quickly was once transparent that the river the following used to be rather new to him. He used to be terrified that the folk at the banks may shoot poisoned arrows. whenever he observed a rock or colored earth or sand he desired to comprehend no matter if it contained gold. yet he by no means desired to remain too lengthy at the banks as a result of his worry of the arrows. once we got here again to the payment we discovered that one of many ships had long gone away. “It used to be unusual. I had hated Don Diego, the governor. Then I grieved for him. Now i started to grieve for the fellow who had killed Don Diego. He used to be worried and unsatisfied. He hung on to his polished stick yet he now not knew what to do.

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