Books about sri lankan civil war

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This Divided Island: Stories from the Sri Lankan War by Samanth Subramanian

In 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.
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What's the war about in Sri Lanka?

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.
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Category:Sri Lankan Civil War books

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.

To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. Discover new books on Goodreads. Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. Join Goodreads. My favourite fiction and non-fiction books about Tamils and the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

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?

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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., A s a young foreign correspondent posted to South Asia in the late s, I spent a lot of time in the Sri Lankan jungle, covering the longest-running civil war in the region.




  1. Monique C. says:

    The Terrible War for Sri Lanka | by Joshua Hammer | The New York Review of Books

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