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This Divided Island
In the aftermath of the three-decade long Sri Lankan Civil War, journalists, governments and everyday Sri Lankan citizens continue to piece together an identity for the divided island. The long years of conflict between the majority Sinhalese government and the militant Tamil Tigers seeking an independent state ended in 2009 with the government-led annihilation of the Tigers. Travelers to the country today may not always see the remnants of the war, but they would be remiss not to join the conversation about it. New Delhi-based journalist Samanth Subramanian’s new book This Divided Island is an invitation to take part.
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Kindly contributed by Nayomi Munaweera, whose debut novel Island of a Thousand Mirrors alternates between the stories of two young women on either side of the Sri Lankan Civil War between the Tamil and Sinhala people, exploring human struggle through a re-imagining of Sri Lanka's 1983 revolution. When the brutal conflict erupts on the island paradise, the jasmine-scented air mixes with the smell of gasoline, wealthy families flee for California and youths stay and fight. Amidst all the turmoil and trouble, Munaweera delivers a passionate portrait of place. Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize for Asia, Munaweera's work has been compared to that of her countryman