A Passage North (Hardback)Anuk Arudpragasam (author)
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One man’s journey through the vividly realised landscape of Sri Lanka’s troubled north in search of answers becomes a voyage into memory and trauma in this illuminating novel that confronts, with great insight and sensitivity, the legacy of the Sri Lankan civil war for communities, individuals and a nation’s divided cultural identity.
Shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2021.
It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence.
Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others.
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 21 mm
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“A challenging but immensely rewarding read”
This is a remarkable book, and one that you will either love as profound or dismiss as pretentious. The plot is wafer-thin - a man journeys to the funeral of his grandmother's carer, and reflects upon a previous... More
“A powerful introspectively philosophical novel and worthy addition to the Booker longlist”
Longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize.
This is a philosophical novel yet one which is very readable if approached at an appropriately thoughtful manner and slow speed.
It is one which places us deep in the mind of a... More
I really enjoyed spending my time in Krishan's company, listening to his meditations on life & death, ageing & violence, love & attachment, trauma, memory and letting go of them.
This book felt... More
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