Date: Thursday, January 12 2017
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Maritime Museum, Galle Fort.
This enlightening literary session will begin with a reading by the extraordinary spoken word poet, Malika Booker, whose work captures her passion for Caribbean, while also exploring issues of race and gender.
Next Anuk Arudpragasam will speak about his novel, set during the last days of Sri Lanka’s civil war, this delicate, beautiful novels brings alive the world of Tamil evacuees pushed inexorably towards the coast by the advancing army.
Amongst the evacuees is Dinesh, a young man whose world has contracted to a makeshift camp where time is measured by the shells that fall around him like clockwork. He exists in a state of mute acceptance, until he receives an unexpected proposal by a fellow evacuee of his daughter’s hand in marriage. Thrust into this situation of strange intimacy and dependence, Dinesh and Ganga hesitantly attempt to awaken to themselves and to one another, before the war closes over them once more.
In this thoughtful discussion, Arudpragasam talks about writing the book, his research, and his creative strategy in approaching this dark period in Sri Lanka’s history.
“Brave … Brilliant … This is a book that makes one kneel before the elegance of the human spirit and the yearning that is at the essence of every life.” – The New York Times Book Review.
Malika Booker’s visit is sponsored by the British Council.