Miguel Street

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Miguel Street
First edition cover
Author V. S. Naipaul
Country Trinidad
Publisher André Deutsch
Publication date
Pages 176

Miguel Street is a semi-autobiographical novel by V. S. Naipaul set in wartime Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Naipaul wrote it while employed at the BBC using a BBC typewriter and "rustle-free paper."[1]

Miguel Street won the 1961 Somerset Maugham Award.

Plot Summary[edit]

The fourth fiction work by Naipaul, the book consists of several stories, each one dealing with a colorful depiction of a single character living on the Miguel Street in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

The main characters include Bogart (named after Humphrey Bogart), Hat, Popo, George, Elias, an assiduous boy, Man-man, Eddoes, a junk king, Mrs. Hereira, Uncle Bhakcu, Bolo, and Edward.


  1. ^ Gillian Dooley (2006). V.S. Naipaul, man and writer. Univ of South Carolina Press. p. 16. ISBN 1-57003-587-3.