A Passage North: A slow-paced, thoughtful novel about the legacy of war

Book review: Anuk Arudpragasam’s novel set in Sri Lanka is a treasure trove of insight

Trauma and loss surface in various ways in Anuk Arudpragasam’s new novel, A Passage North, set during the Sri Lankan civil war

Trauma and loss surface in various ways in Anuk Arudpragasam’s new novel, A Passage North, set during the Sri Lankan civil war

Anuk Arudpragasam’s award-winning debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage was set in a refugee camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan civil war. It told the story of civilian casualties caught in the crossfire of fighting between the country’s army and the Tamil Tigers rebel forces, giving a sharp and harrowing picture of the repercussions of war.

The Sri Lankan writer returns to this subject matter for his second novel, which is an altogether more reflective affair, a disquieting and contemplative book that seeks to comprehend the incomprehensible.

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