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The International Novel$
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Annabel Patterson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300198003

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300198003.001.0001

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V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

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(p.111) V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River
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The International Novel
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Annabel Patterson

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300198003.003.0007

This chapter offers a reading of V. S. Naipaul's novel A Bend in the River, which chronicles the rapid changes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo after independence. It first provides a historical background on the arbitrary drawing or redrawing of national boundaries in Africa before discussing its implications for nationalism or internationalism in the region.

Keywords:   novel, A Bend in the River, Democratic Republic of the Congo, national boundaries, Africa, V. S. Naipaul, nationalism, internationalism

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