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Title:A Bend in the River
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Publisher:Picador USA
ISBN:0330487140
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Number of Pages:326
Category:Fiction, Africa, Classics, Literature

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC A Bend in the River When Salim a young Indian man is offered a small business in Central Africa he accepts As he strives to establish himself he becomes closely involved with the fluid and dangerous politics of the newly dependent state

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A Bend in the River, In a Free State, An Area of Darkness, Among the Believers : An Islamic Journey, India: A Million Mutinies Now, The Mystic Masseur, Miguel Street, A House for Mr Biswas, The Enigma of Arrival: A Novel in Five Sections, Half a Life
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