The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
By Shehan Karunatilaka
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555976118, 397pp.)
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
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Winner of the Commonwealth Book Prize
"* Winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature *"
"* A "Publishers Weekly ""First Fiction" Pick for Spring 2012 *"
"A crazy ambidextrous delight. A drunk and totally unreliable narrator runs alongside the reader insisting him or her into the great fictional possibilities of cricket."--Michael Ondaatje
Aging sportswriter W.G. Karunasena's liver is shot. Years of drinking have seen to that. As his health fades, he embarks with his friend Ari on a madcap search for legendary cricket bowler Pradeep Mathew. En route they discover a mysterious six-fingered coach, a Tamil Tiger warlord, and startling truths about their beloved sport and country. A prizewinner in Sri Lanka, and a sensation in India and Britain, "The Legend of Pradeep Mathew" by Shehan Karunatilaka is a nimble and original debut that blends cricket and the history of modern Sri Lanka into a vivid and comedic swirl.
Praise for The Legend of Pradeep Mathew: "Karunatilaka offers the world a subversively funny, spot-on portrait of one tiny nation addressing its tragedy with humor, kindness and quiet, unwavering courage." —Seattle Times "Shehan Karunatilaka's big-hearted, madcap novel reverberates with echoes of A Fan's Notes and Netherland." —Barnes and Noble Review "Karunatilaka's rambunctious debut brims with inventive ideas and comic set-pieces. . . . Cricket aficionados will love The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, but Karunatilaka has stuffed his novel so full of life--albeit a crazily inflated version of it--for it to charm and dazzle the rest of us in equal measure." —Star Tribune (Minneapolis) "Endearing . . . disguised as a sports story yet it's really about a man's love and disgust for his country." —Houston Chronicle "In pursuing the true-or-false legend of a cricketer named Pradeep Mathew, Shehan Karunatilaka brings forth meditations on corruption, politics, terrorism, and colonialism as well as match-fixing and ball-tampering in cricket-obsessed Sri Lanka." —World Literature Today Star Tribune (Minneapolis)