Anuk Arudpragasam’s first book, The Story of a Marriage, earned him comparisons to W. G. Sebald and Primo Levi. His second, A Passage North, earned him a Booker short-listing. In it, Anuk explores the emotional scars from an individual’s lost love and a nation’s devastating civil war. Beginning with Krishan learning of the death of his ailing grandmother’s former caretaker, and ending, two days later, with him watching her body burn on her funeral pyre, his journey in between is a profound meditation on suffering and on the divided nation of Sri Lanka itself.
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Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka, and is currently completing a dissertation in philosophy at Columbia University. He writes in Tamil and English. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His new novel is A Passage North and was short-listed for the 2021 Booker Prize.
In over a decade as a feature writer, Smriti Daniel has followed her diverse interests across a number of subjects ranging from the arts to science and health reportage. Smriti was a Falling Walls Science Journalism Fellow (2016), a Gabriel Garcia Márquez Cultural Journalism Fellow (2017) and a two-time winner of the Feature Writer of the Year Award from the Editors Guild of Sri Lanka. Her work has featured in publications including The Guardian, Al Jazeera and The Sunday Times. She is currently an RN Arts Digital Producer with the ABC.