The Story of a Brief Marriage

Anuk Arudpragasam

Published: 6 July 2017
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781783782383

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Published: 6 October 2016
Hardback, B Format
129x198mm, 208 pages
ISBN: 9781783782376

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Dinesh is a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers. Desensitized 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.

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Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka and is currently working towards a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. He writes in English and Tamil. The Story of a Brief Marriage is his first novel. More about the author

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