An Area of Darkness

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An Area of Darkness
First edition cover
AuthorV. S. Naipaul
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherAndré Deutsch
Publication date
Media typePrint

An Area of Darkness is a book written by V. S. Naipaul in 1964. It is a travelogue detailing Naipaul's trip through India in the early sixties. It was the first of Naipaul's acclaimed Indian trilogy which includes India: A Wounded Civilization and India: A Million Mutinies Now. The narration is anecdotal and descriptive.

A deeply pessimistic work, An Area of Darkness conveys the acute sense of disillusionment which the author experiences on his first visit to his ancestral land. The book was immediately banned in India for its "negative portrayal of India and its people".[1] Nissim Ezekiel wrote the 1984 essay "Naipaul's India and Mine" as a reply to Naipaul's An Area of Darkness.


  1. ^ "You can't read this book". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 July 2015.