The Greatest "Sri Lanka, Fiction" Books of All Time

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  1. 1. Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala

    "Wave" is a memoir by Sonali Deraniyagala, recounting her experience of losing her entire family in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Deraniyagala, a Sri Lankan-born economist, was on vacation with her husband, two young sons, and parents when the wave hit. She was the only survivor. The book is a raw and emotional account of her grief and struggle to come to terms with the loss of her loved ones, as well as her own identity and sense of purpose. Through her writing, Deraniyagala confronts the complexities of survivor's guilt, trauma, and the enduring power of love.

    The 6186th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

    "Anil's Ghost" is a gripping tale of a forensic anthropologist who returns to her native Sri Lanka in the midst of its civil war. She partners with local archaeologist, Sarath, to investigate a skeleton discovered in an ancient burial site, which they believe might be a victim of the war. The narrative explores the horrors of war, the quest for truth, and the struggle for personal and national identity in a land where the past and present are inextricably intertwined.

    The 6189th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Lives Other Than My Own by Emmanuel Carrère

    "Lives Other Than My Own" is an emotionally charged narrative that explores the lives of two women who have experienced immense loss, one from a tsunami and the other from cancer. The author, through his personal encounters, delves into the raw emotions, resilience, and the profound bonds of family and friendship that emerge from these tragic circumstances. The book is a thoughtful exploration of empathy, offering a poignant look at the strength of human spirit in the face of adversity.

    The 8317th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje

    In this evocative novel, the narrative unfolds through the eyes of an eleven-year-old boy who embarks on a sea voyage from Sri Lanka to England on the ship Oronsay in the early 1950s. During the journey, he is seated at the "cat's table"—the least prestigious place—along with a diverse group of adults and two other boys, with whom he forms a strong bond. As they sail across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the protagonist experiences a series of adventures and misadventures, uncovering the hidden depths of the adult world and the complexities of life. The voyage becomes a transformative journey for him, shaping his understanding of friendship, love, and loss, in a narrative that beautifully intertwines the past and the present.

    The 9308th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Seven Moons Of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka

    In this darkly satirical novel, the protagonist, a war photographer with a penchant for exposing the brutal truths of his country's civil war, finds himself in the afterlife with no memory of how he died. Set against the backdrop of 1990s Sri Lanka, a nation ravaged by conflict, he is given a week to solve the mystery of his own death and to secure the safety of his carefully documented photographic evidence, which has the power to rock the country. With the help of some eccentric and otherworldly allies, he navigates the complexities of the afterlife, reflecting on themes of corruption, violence, and the cost of silence. The narrative is a compelling mix of humor, horror, and political commentary, offering a unique perspective on the impact of war and the importance of truth.

    The 10892nd Greatest Book of All Time

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