A Passage North

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It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence.

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021’Mesmerizing, political, intimate, unafraid – this is a superb novel… that pays such close, intelligent attention to the world we all live in’ Sunjeev Sahota, author of the Booker shortlisted The Year of the RunawaysIt begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother’s former caregiver has died. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from the Sri Lankan capital into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so he travels into the soul of a country devastated by civil war.A Passage North is a poignant memorial to the dead and an exploration of the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.’Its world is the deeply-layered, rich interior of its protagonist’s mind but also contemporary Sri Lanka itself, war-scarred, traumatized … [It] connects Arudpragasam to the great novelists of the past’ Colm T�ib�n, bestselling author of Brooklyn

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Weight218 g
Dimensions19812918 mm