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This Divided Island (English, Paperback, Subramanian Samanth)

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This Divided Island  (English, Paperback, Subramanian Samanth)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • ISBN: 9780143425472, 0143425471
  • Pages: 336
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Winner of the Raymond Crossword Book Award-Non-Fiction, 2014 In the summer of 2009, the leader of the dreaded Tamil Tiger guerrillas was killed, bringing to a bloody end the stubborn and complicated civil war in Sri Lanka. For nearly thirty years, the war's fingers had reached everywhere: from the bustle of Colombo to the curves of the eastern coast near Batticaloa and Trincomalee and the stark, hot north. With its genius for brutality, the war left few places and fewer people untouched. Samanth Subramanian draws out the story of Sri Lanka today-an exhausted, disturbed society still hot from the embers of war. Through travels and conversations, he examines how people reconcile themselves to violence, how religion and state conspire, how the powerful become cruel and how victory can be put to the task of reshaping memory and burying histories.
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  • 216 mm
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  • 135 mm
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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

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

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

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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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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Aug, 2014

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