June 3, 2008

The Guardian & Walcott's "The Mongoose"

The Guardian covers the continuing literary feud between Derek Walcott and VS Naipaul.

Walcott's new poem, The Mongoose, is a fast-paced, savagely humorous demolition of Naipaul's work and personality that begins with the opening salvo: 'I have been bitten, I must avoid infection/Or else I'll be as dead as Naipaul's fiction.' It was premiered at the Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica.

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FSJL said...

Derek appears to have really savaged Naipaul from all the reports I read.

Geoffrey Philp said...

Fragano, if you listen to the Lydon recording, you will hear the beating blow by blow