This Divided Island - Stories from the Sri Lankan War

This Divided Island - Stories from the Sri Lankan War (English, Hardcover, Subramanian Samanth)

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This Divided Island - Stories from the Sri Lankan War  (English, Hardcover, Subramanian Samanth)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Penguin Books India Pvt Ltd
  • Genre: History
  • ISBN: 9780670086030, 0670086037
  • Pages: 336
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The Divided Island is a detailed account of the Sri Lankan civil war by Samanth Subramanian.

Summary of the Book

In 2009, LTTE leader Prabhakaran was killed. This brought to end the bloody and gruesome civil war in Sri Lanka. The war had crippled the nation for nearly 30 years, and had left few people unaffected. In this book, Samanth Subramanian discusses the effects of the war on the country. An extraordinary account of the civil war, this book discusses how the war left people to take up violence, and how it led to a legacy of cruelty and oppression. The book is a humane account of the war and draws upon travels and conversations with people who lived through its ugliest moments.

About Samanth Subramanian

Samanth Subramanian is an Indian journalist. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and Columbia University, he has written for: the Guardian, the New Yorker, the New York Times, Mint, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, New Republic, Foreign Affairs, The National and the Hindu. He has previously written: Following Fish: Travels Around the Indian Coast which won the 2010 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize in India and was shortlisted for the 2013 André Simon Award in the United Kingdom.

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  • Viking (India)
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  • July
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A Divided Island worth Undivided Attention

This book is a book about Sri Lankan people: people affected by the war; people who took part in the war; people who believed the Sinhala Buddhists were the only real Sri Lankans; people who just followed the Tiger leader blindly or otherwise, despite knowing that they were on the losing side; people who are leaders and refuse to acknowledge their inebriated state being drunk with power.

The division of the book into its four parts, called The Terror, The North, The Faith and Endgames, is a ...
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Viju Ravichandran

30 Sep, 2014

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Diary of a Battlefield

Samanth Subramanian has a rare talent as a storyteller. He takes on the role of the chronicler, and weaves characters and their stories in with such ease that they fit into the narrative seamlessly. If he has one shortcoming, it is that on occasion, he seems to wander off a little, leaving the reader a little bewildered. However few Indian authors have the ability to share the horrors of what they have witnessed and Subramanian’s skill in recounting these tales of terror is commendable.

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Urmi Kartikeya

23 Sep, 2014

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Such A beautiful island.
Such a sad story.
I have lived Tamil Nadu for decades and never had a clue about the actual details of the conflict.
ThankYou,
Sri Samanth Subramanin, great book!
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C Gray

21 Aug, 2014

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This divided Island

Extremely well written book! The author has spent considerable time in exploring the layers of the conflict in Srilanka and come up with this brilliant work. The book is non-judgemental. I feel, however, that the author should have interviewed Sinhalese army men also to have their views. This could have enlarged the perspective significantly.
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Vishwanath Narayan

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17 Sep, 2015

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Good Read...

Stories enthrall, entertain, scare, thrill, and educate.
Samanth Subramanian’s This Divided Island – Stories From The Sri Lankan War (2014) does this all!
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Archana Arul

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21 Aug, 2014

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