Nayomi Munaweera’s Compelling Meditation on War-Torn Sri Lanka By Gabe Meline Nayomi Munaweera’s family fled war-torn Sri Lanka when she was just three—first to Nigeria, and then, in 1984, to Los Angeles. But the civil war between the Sinhalese and Tamils stayed with her, and serves as the backdrop for her excellent debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors. Narrated by two different characters, Saraswathie and Yasodhara (one ...

In the Wonderland of the Young: Asiri’s Quest reviewed by Carmen Wickramagamage     L.P. Hartley once famously said that “(t)he past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” One could say the same of childhood. It is in some ways a ‘foreign country’ which, once our entry permits have expired, few adults find easy to re-enter—not because its portals are guarded by Bahirawayas (gate-keepers) who forbid entry but because ...

Autobiographies can illuminate untouched corners, away from the mainstream of history. In Sri Lanka, in recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest among many people to relate their own tales in print. What was earlier spoken verbally only, is now translated into beautifully illustrated books and available to a wider public, such as this one. Most autobiographies in ...

Interview with Nayomi Munaweera before the DSC Prize is announced! Monday, January 13, 2014 (All day) Features Nayomi Munaweera (Author) Shortlisted for this year’s DSC Prize writer Nayomi Munaweera shares her thoughts on what the anticipation feels like till the jury unveils the winner on January 18. Q: What does winning the DSC Prize mean to you? A: It’s a tremendous honor to be short-listed for this award with a debut ...

The DSC Prize and Island of a Thousand Mirrors! Monday, January 13, 2014 (All day) Features The DSC GRAMMAR Ruwini Jayawardana First it was Shehan Karunatilaka who bagged the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature with ‘Chinaman’. Now yet another Sri Lankan writer, Nayomi Munaweera is in the limelight with her novel ‘Island of a Thousand Mirrors’ which has been shortlisted for the 2014 DSC Prize. The book ...

I would readily starve for a good book! Aparna Halpe   Aparna Halpé holds a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Toronto and is Professor of English at Centennial College, Toronto. Aparna’s poetry has been published in various journals including Channels, the Journal of the English Writer’s Cooperative, Sri Lanka, and Postcolonial Text. Her scholarly work has been published in South Asian Diaspora (Routledge), Moving Worlds (Leeds) and ...

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