When memory dies

A three-generational novel of a Sri Lankan family’s search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars.

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Saha looks for that coherence in a return to traditional values, Rajan in a quest for modernity that takes him to the mother country, and Vijay in a fight for socialism that ends in terror. But through the travail of their lives emerges the possibility of another future.

  • Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize
  • Winner of the Saggitarius Prize

‘Haunting with an immense tenderness. The extraordinary poetic tact of this book makes it unforgettable.’ John Berger

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By A. Sivanandan. Published by Arcadia Books, 412pp., ISBN 1-905147-59-7, 1997.