Books about sri lankan civil war
This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth SubramanianIn the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to a bloody end the stubborn and complicated civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the wars fingers had reached everywhere: into the bustle of Colombo, the Buddhist monasteries scattered across the island, the soft hills of central Sri Lanka, the curves of the eastern coast near Batticaloa and Trincomalee and the stark, hot north. With its genius for brutality, the war left few places and fewer people, untouched.
What happens to the texture of life in a country that endures such bitter conflict? What happens to the countrys soul? Samanth Subramanian gives us an extraordinary account of the Sri Lankan war and the lives it changed. Taking us to the ghosts of summers past and to other battles from other times, he draws out the story of Sri Lanka today-an exhausted, disturbed society, still hot from the embers of the war. Through travels and conversations, he examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, how religion and state conspire, how the powerful become cruel and how victory can be put to the task of reshaping memory and burying histories.
This Divided Island is a harrowing and humane investigation of a country still inflamed.
Sites of Battle
Make Your Own List. In one of the saddest interviews on our site, Sri Lankan activist Ahilan Kadirgamar talks us through the books he hopes will be a source of inspiration to the next generation. He picks the best books on Sri Lanka and its tragic civil war. Ahilan Kadirgamar is a researcher and activist based in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. A Tamil dissenter, his views are often under attack from both sides in the conflict. Why choose such an old book? This is my favorite history of Sri Lanka, or Ceylon, as it was then called.
The Broken Palmyrah
The theme of war runs through many of the books listed. By Peter May 20, June 1, Best books about Sri Lanka 1. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer. The Village in the Jungle by Leonard Woolf This classic novel of colonial Ceylon was first published in and is written by a prominent member of the Bloomsbury group, husband of Virginia Woolf. Gunesekera describes a paradise in which a sudden moment of silence in a city is cause for fear and where civil war disrupts a marriage thousands of miles away. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with.
The ease with which I moved through the streets was snatched away from every person in the country when churches in three locations around the island—Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa—were attacked by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday, killing and injuring hundreds. These attacks were followed a few weeks later by anti-Muslim riots, and an elevated state of tension and distrust that persists months later. The pre-existing communalist sentiments that had preceded the attacks saw a sharp and more explicit rise. The books affirmed, in entirely different ways, that violence often emerges out of a long and unremembered shadow, and begets more violence as its legacy. Ummath stands at the very intersection between the horrific past and the unfolding present, and if any fiction about Sri Lanka can be said to be prescient about current events, it is this novel. Set after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam—a militant organisation among whose demands were a separate Tamil nation-state—was defeated by the Sri Lankan government in , it opens with a former cadre returning to her family in the district of Batticaloa. Sent to a household as a domestic worker before she reached puberty, and then physically abused by her employer, she had enlisted in the LTTE as a child for no other reason than that it would give her a chance to die.
Welcome sign in sign up. The Nanthi Kadal lagoon, a waist-high body of water extending for four miles along the northeast coast of Sri Lanka, bears few traces of the battle that took place here a little more than five years ago. Herons fly low over tidal flats and islets covered with sea grass. Palmyra palm trees sway over the thick bush that grows along the shore. The Sinhalese, who make up about 75 percent of the population, speak Sinhala, a language in the Indo-Aryan family similar to Hindi or Punjabi, and are practicing Buddhists. By contrast, the Tamils, who make up about 10 percent of the population, speak a quite different language in the Dravidian family of languages from southern India, and some 80 percent practice the Hindu religion; the remainder are Christians, descended from those converted by Dutch and Portuguese missionaries. Civil war between the Sinhalese-dominated government and the LTTE broke out in , when the LTTE ambushed an army convoy, and continued for over twenty-five years, with only brief periods of cease-fire.