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This Divided Island

Life, Death, and the Sri Lankan War

Author: Sammanth Subramanian

This Divided Island

This Divided Island

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About This Book

This engaging book about the Sri Lankan war explores how the three-decade conflict began, why it burned for so long, and how it effected the lives of ordinary people.
Page Count
272
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On Sale
12/15/2015

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Samanth Subramanian has written about politics, culture, and history for the New York Times and the New Yorker. Now, Subramanian takes on a complex topic that touched millions of lives in This Divided Island.
In the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to an end the civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the war's fingers had reached everywhere, leaving 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 country's soul? Subramanian gives us an extraordinary account of the Sri Lankan war and the lives it changed. Taking us to the ghosts of summers past, he tells the story of Sri Lanka today. Through travels and conversations, he examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, how the powerful become cruel, and how victory can be put to the task of reshaping memory and burying histories.

Imprint Publisher

Thomas Dunne Books

ISBN

9781466878747

In The News

“A powerful book...Anyone interested in Sri Lanka, its past, present and future, must read this book.” —The Times of India

“There is only one word to describe this book: it's a masterpiece, a Book of the Year, even possibly the decade” —India Today (India)

“Pick up This Divided Island, it'll be one of the best books you'll pick up this year.” —The Asian Age (India)

“To integrate these interviews into a broader historical narrative as seamlessly as subramanian has done is a rare event.” —Scroll (India)

“Like Philip Gourevitch's account of the genocide in Rwanda, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families, this is a superbly reported book. ” —Business Standard  (India)

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This Divided Island

This Divided Island

$14.99

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