When Memory Dies

By A. Sivanandan

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Through the viewpoints of three generations of a Sri Lankan family (taking the reader from 1920 through the 1980s), this title explores a culture destroyed first by colonization, then through the ethnic divisions that are released when the country achieves independence.

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The Buddha taught that to live is to experience suffering. Few family sagas, especially first ones, have captured this aspect of suffering and so many other truths in as lyric a fashion as "When Memory Dies". Through the viewpoints of three generations of a Sri Lankan family (taking the reader from 1920 through the 1980s), Sivanandan explores a culture destroyed first by colonization, then through the ethnic divisions that are released when the country achieves independence. The family, which lives at a level of poverty that makes survival a constant struggle, must also balance love for one another with a deep love of their homeland. Without bending to romanticism or proselytization, the author evokes a compelling and very human story of a lost country. It is a vision as beautifully told as it is unrelenting in its devotion to truth. In the process, the work also supplies a rich historic background to the often underreported news accounts of the massacres and upheavals in Sri Lanka.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Arcadia Books
Publication Date 1 Aug 2013
SKU 9781905147595-grouped
Number of Pages 600

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"Haunting, with an immense tenderness. The extraordinary poetic tact of this book makes it unforgettable." - John Berger, Guardian"A brilliant and moving first novel" - Times Literary Supplement"This rich novel, peopled with unforgettable heroines and heroes, will haunt the reader's mind - David Rose, Observer

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