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Welcome home Biswas
This one’s definitely going to be a wobbly. A concoction of fever and rheum, which threatens at any moment to spiral off into delirium. Yes I’ve got the cold and don’t even have the consolation of proudly announcing “Ah have de Bin Laden” or “De Tsunami”. Have you noticed that the more cars, contracts, murders, floods, smartphones we get, the less of the simple pleasures, like naming each new virus, are left us. Sic transit gloria mundi. Ah wanna fall!
But while some of the old is swept away in the lemming rush to oblivion, amazingly, what must surely be the most famous house in Anglophone Caribbean literature has been saved from obscurity or its days as a rental for Latina ladies of the night (although at least one former inhabitant might have looked benignly on this fallen phase).
Amazing news! As Seepersad aka “Mr Biswas” Naipaul, patriarch of the dynasty which sired sons Vidia, Shiva and grandson Neil Bissoondath, might have written, in one of his whimsical articles for the Guardian.
Yes literati and glitterati, 26 Nepaul Street, St James, in a stroke of lo real maravilloso is being resurrected from the pages of fiction and will enjoy reincarnation as a literary museum and international study centre. I welcome this departure from the current mode of pelting good money after bad, of squandering, depleting or simply destroying vast swathes of our patrimony (whether natural, built or human).
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