This book of short stories covers the aftermath of the long civil war in Sri Lanka
that came to a bloody end in 2009. The stories are set amongst the Tamil Diaspora
that have been displaced by the war and have settled in western countries.
The author, JK Sivalingam says “In everyone I spoke to since 2009, I could only see
hopelessness. I wanted to raise people’s faith that justice would prevail one day.
No one in the Nazi death camps could have dreamed that Adolf Eichmann, one of the
main architects of the Holocaust, would one day be brought to trial in Israel - a
country that did not even exist at the time. The short story ‘The Defendant’ is based
loosely on this but set in Sri Lanka.
Many of the stories are upbeat and full of hope for the future. They are designed
to bring out the best in people and a belief in natural justice.”
A reviewer said of the book: “This is a very accessible book of short stories about
the Tamil struggle past, present and future by a writer with an obvious deep knowledge
and passion for his subject matter. For those like me with only a passing awareness
of the recent conflict in Sri Lanka, these stories provide a good and entertaining
introduction, in fictional form, to a troubling and under discussed area of modern
history and how it might play out in the future.”
“The way the civil war ended with many tens of thousands mercilessly killed by the
Sri Lankan army has left many issues unresolved. Writing the book was a cathartic
experience and allows me to move on” concludes Sivalingam.
* Sivalingham has an endearing and delightful way of writing and yet his subject
matter is dark, and at times ,dusturbing. His short stories offer the Tamil Disapora
a sense of 'justice served' against atrocities faced in times of civil war. These
stories work independently, but as a collection they present many questions for those
of us that do not know much, or understand the politics of Sri Lanka, and leave you
wanting to learn more. The accompanying footnotes at the back of the book are excellent.
They help to put the stories into context, answer some of those questions and help
the reader to understand a little of where the fictional characters have come from.
An interesting read and 'an education'.
* Such an interesting collection of short stories, which highlight the struggle of
the Tamil people to secure justice for the atrocities committed against them both
on a individual level and as a collective people. This book highlights just some
of the struggles that they face when trying to find this justice. These stories whilst
short and often simple stay with you for a long time after reading and help to give
a voice to some of the individual situations which so often go unheard by the world
* 'Heroic tales' is a fair summary. Sivalingam delves into past sufferings and maybe
disturbs his/her own nightmares in order to rattle the cages of the authorities and
remind them that all is still not well. The short stories remind us of a conflict
rarely mentioned by today's news bulletins and, by sketching a wide variety of unresolved
and far-reaching injustices, they show that while some can move on in their lives,
many still live in fear and grief. The gentle tone and easy read makes this a very
accessible collection, but begs more questions of what's really going on in that
beautiful island and in the lives of those who've left it.
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