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, instead, according to Nixon, we must realize that drawing on the advantage of his exilic condition, and with the rhetoric of displacement, Naipaul has successfully made himself a “buff on postcolonial politics” and is treated as “a mandarin possessing a penetrating, analytic understanding of Third World societies” (ibid: 4-16). Ostensibly, Said and Nixon’s criticism centers on the political dimension of Naipaul’s work. Other critics believe that Naipaul sacrifices the truth of postco- lonial reality to achieve an aesthetic impact, and that he writes from an

creation; and nothing was created in the West Indies” (MP 1985: 29). Lack of history, partial modernization, and habits of dependent idleness all lead to the fundamental insecurity of colonial societies. To achieve security, they mimic the metropoli- tan “material values, political languages, and social institutions, all of which are appropriated in incongruous, denatured, and therefore damaging forms” (Nixon 1992: 132). According to Nixon, Naipaul employs “mimicry” to characterize a condition of insecurity that he considers endemic to Third World societies (ibid