The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Paperback)
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Paperback)

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Published: 06/04/2023
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Mordantly funny and utterly unique, Karunatilaka’s maverick novel dissects the painful truths of a brutal and dark chapter in Sri Lanka’s recent history through the titular protagonist’s afterlife quest to find out who murdered him.

Winner of The Booker Prize 2022

A searing satire set amid the murderous mayhem of Sri Lanka beset by civil war Colombo, 1990.

Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him.

At a time where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

Ten years after his prizewinning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Karunatilaka is back with a rip-roaring epic, full of mordant wit and disturbing truths.

Publisher: Sort of Books
ISBN: 9781914502071
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS

Fizzes with energy, imagery and ideas against a broad, surreal vision of the Sri Lankan civil wars. - The Booker judges

Recalls the mordant wit and surrealism of Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls or Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita ... Karunatilaka has done artistic justice to a terrible period in his country's history - Guardian

Brilliant ... rollicking ... a pleasure to read. Karunatilaka writes with tinder-dry wit and an unfaltering ear for prose cadences. - Kate McLoughlin, Times Literary Supplement

Outstanding ... the most significant work of Sri Lankan fiction in a decade - New European

An exuberant whodunnit ...There can't be many novels that simultaneously bring to mind Agatha Christie, Salman Rushdie and John le Carré - but this one does - The Times

This magic realist (and often funny) novel fizzes with energy and ideas... Imagine a mash-up of Stranger Things and Salman Rushdie - Robbie Millen, The Times

Shehan Karunatilaka's epic novel is a powerful evocation of Sri Lanka's dark and brutal past - Lucy Popescu, Financial Times

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is dazzling. Shehan Karunatilaka's use of Sri Lankan folk mythology is truly original ... human and non-human monsters equally terrify. And yet Karunatilaka's exuberant language and humour keeps this book buoyant and a joy to read - Shyam Selvadurai, author of Funny Boy

A brave and brilliantly inventive novel, full of energy, about a mad bad world in a dark time - Romesh Gunesekera, author of Reef and Monkfish Moon

Shehan Karunatilaka's narrative is breathtakingly kaleidoscopic - Financial Times

Audacious, original and perfectly formed - Suzanne Harrington, Writers Mosaic

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“All (after)life is here - a worthy Booker winner!”

At the start of the book, Maali Almeida contemplates what his business card might say: "Photographer. Gambler. Slut." It could also add "Dead." as he's woken to find himself most definitely... More

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“Hilarious, heartfelt, and eye-opening”

I absolutely loved reading The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. It was sharp and witty, with observant one-liners that were at once eye-opening and hilarious. It was really interesting to read about Sri Lanka and its... More

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“Worthy Booker Prize 2022 shortlisted”

BOOKER 2022 short list.
Maali wakes up,but he is dead in a white corridor being encouraged to have his ears checked,he leaves and finds himself in Sri Lanka floating above the earth on the winds.He wants to find out... More

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