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Anuk Arudpragasam: A Passage North


Wed Aug 04, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
60 mins

A young man journeys into Sri Lanka's war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war. A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances, found at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for Rani's funeral, so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country. At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lanka's thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre "at the end of the earth" lays bare the imprints of an island's past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.

Anuk Arudpragasam talks about A Passage North and its poignant memorial for those lost and those still alive.

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Anuk Arudpragasam

Photo of author courtesy of Ruvin De Silva.


This event is part of TPL's Summer Books series. Check out the webpage for the entire Summer Books Series schedule.

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This event is part of TPL's Asian Heritage series.

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