The Story of a Brief Marriage (Paperback)Anuk Arudpragasam (author)
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Shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize 2017
Most children have two whole legs and two whole arms but this little six-year-old that Dinesh was carrying had already lost one leg, the right one from the lower thigh down, and was now about to lose his right arm.
Dinesh is a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers.
Desensitised to the horror all around him, life has been pared back to the essentials: eat, sleep, survive. All this changes when he is approached one morning by an older man who asks him to marry his daughter Ganga, hoping that victorious soldiers will be less likely to harm a married woman.
For a few brief hours, Dinesh and Ganga tentatively explore their new and unexpected connection, trying to understand themselves and each other, until the war once more closes over them. Told in meditative, nuanced and powerful prose, this shattering novel marks the arrival of an extraordinary new literary voice.
‘The novel both implicitly and explicitly raises crucial questions about the aesthetic and ethical stakes involved in regarding the suffering of others.’ – The Guardian
Publisher: Granta Books
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 151 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 12 mm
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