by Shehan Karunatilaka - £9.99 Sort of Books (2023)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781914502071 | ISBN 10: 1914502078
WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE RSL ONDAATJE PRIZE 2023
An epic, searing satire of Sri Lanka.
Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet queen, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.
Ten years after his prizewinning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a searing satire and state-of-the-nation epic that proves yet again that the best fiction offers the deeper truth.
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