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COMMUNITY

A State of Perpetual War: Fiction & the Sri Lankan Civil War

Novelist Shehan Karunatilaka in conversation with Fiction Editor Kartika Budhwar.
VOL. 1
INTERVIEW

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10 Jan 2021
Interview
Sri Lanka
Interview
Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan Civil War
Satire
Chinaman
Tamil Tigers
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Enforced Disappearances
Cricket
Extrajudicial Killings
Kumar Sangakkara
Shakthika Sathkumara
Sri Lankan Literary Tradition
Chats with the Dead
Booker Prize
Buddhism
Ghost Stories
Theater
South Asian Theater
Carl Muller
Anarchist Writing
Writing about Recent History
Discourses of War
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
Marxist-Leninist Uprising
JVP
Worrying
Humor
Gallows Humor
Absurdity
Queerness
Gananath Obeyesekere

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The stereotypes of the commercial sphere, the smiley, happy go lucky, Sri Lankans—there is something to that stereotype. It's not a grim place, even though a lot of grim things take place here. A tragedy will happen, the jokes will start almost immediately. Maybe it's gallows humor or a coping mechanism. Whatever it is, that seems to always be there.

RECOMMENDED: This interview took place prior to the publication of Shehan Karunatilaka's Booker-Prize winning novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida (Penguin), which he discusses in the interview as a work-in-progress.

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