Literature & Stories

Calabash: When two writers go to war


Okay, it’s not exactly Thursday Night at the Fights but Nobel Laureates Derek Walcott vs Naipaul, it’s on. St Lucian Walcott used the Calabash stage to call his Trinidadian counterpart a “rodent” this weekend.

The insult was part of a poem Walcott read out, dedicated to getting upset about Naipaul, while being interviewed during the literature festival. He also got upset about painting and colonialism.

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Literature & Stories

Maybe its the Soca


If the measure of a writer’s success is the ire he provokes, then V. S. Naipaul is a spectacular success in Trinidad. In this island nation of just over a million people, there is a widespread perception that he has jilted his homeland through unflattering portraits in his books and a string of cutting remarks over the years. “History is built around achievement and creation; and nothing was created in the West Indies,” Naipaul wrote in “The Middle Passage” (1962) — the first sign that he wasn’t going to play the proud native son.

A fresher wound came in 2001, when Naipaul omitted any mention of Trinidad from his initial press release after winning the Nobel Prize, which many here saw as a deliberate rebuff. And last year, during a visit sponsored by the University of the West Indies, Naipaul more than lived up to his reputation for cantankerousness, prompting disapproving press coverage after he snapped at a group of students at a Hindu girls’ high school.

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