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Sri Lanka-Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje might be the country's most famous author, but there are plenty of other writers worth of a read before your trip to the former Ceylon. (And if you do go, I recommend traveling with a Buddhist monk.)

Playing Pillow Politics at MGK, book by Lal Medawattegedara

Playing Pillow Politics at MGK

Lal Medawattegedara
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

Through the eyes of the narrator, a wheelchair-bound boy who pours his heart out to the lone CFL light bulb in his humble home, we meet the squatters of Maha Geeni Kanda, each holding secrets from the other. The author’s debut novel took home the 2012 Gratiaen Prize.

The Road From Elephant Pass, book by Nihal de Silva

The Road From Elephant Pass

Nihal de Silva
CATEGORIES: Person/Place/Event | Sense of Culture

Sri Lanka’s quarter-century-long civil war provides the backdrop for the two protagonists, both from opposite sides of the conflict, who must travel through the war-torn country on a mission. The book won the 2003 Gratiaen Prize, an award bestowed annually to the best work of literary writing in English by a Sri Lanka resident.

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