The Story of a Brief Marriage
Paperback $19.99 - Granta
Fiction - Published: 26/Jul/2017 - ISBN: 9781783782383
Set in an evacuee's camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war, Arudpragasam's profound novel portrays the bare elements of a human life when everyone and everything has been and can be taken away. Amidst the horror surrounding him Dinesh's life has been pared back to the essentials: eat, sleep, survive. One morning he is approached by an older man who asks him to marry his daughter Ganga, hoping that victorious soldiers will be less likely to harm a married woman. For a few brief hours, Dinesh and Ganga are two people tentatively trying to understand themselves and each other, until the war once more closes over them. The beauty in Arudpragasam's writing of the bare reality of brutality is a revelation.
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