When Memory Dies

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Penguin, 1998 - Imperialism - 411 pages
When Memory Dies is a three-generational novel of a Sri Lankan familyıs search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars. Saha looks for that coherence in a return to traditional values, Rajan in a quest for modernity that takes him to the mother country, and Vijay in a fight for socialism that ends in terror. But through the travail of their lives emerges the possibility of another future.

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First published in Britain, a novel that movingly details how three generations of idealists try to find meaning and purpose as their country, Sri Lanka, becomes another killing field. The author ... Read full review

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