When Memory Dies (Paperback)

By A. Sivanandan

Arcadia Books, 9781905147595, 411pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 2007

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Description

This novel is a powerful three-generational saga of a Sri Lankan family's search for coherence and continuity in a country broken by colonial occupation and riven by ethnic wars. The character Saha looks for order in a return to traditional values; Rajan is on a quest for modernity that takes him to the mother country; and Vijay is in a fight for socialism that ends in terror. Through the travail of their lives emerges the possibility of another future.



About the Author

A. Sivanandan came to Britain from Ceylon in the wake of the race riots of 1958 - and walked straight into the riots of Notting Hill. Since then he has written and lectured extensively on Black and Third World issues. He is the founder editor of the journal Race & Class and director of the Institute of Race Relations in London. When Memory Dies, his first novel (1997), was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and won the Sagittarius Prize.


Praise For When Memory Dies

"A brilliant and moving first novel."  Times Literary Supplement

"Haunting and immense tenderness. The extraordinary poetic tact of this book makes it unforgettable."  John Berger, The Guardian

"Profoundly moving. Sivanandan triumphs in his evocation of a beautiful country he perceives as doomed. His love for the country he has lost is the driving passion of his work."  Evening Standard

"This rich novel, peopled with unforgettable heroines and heroes, will haunt the reader's mind."  David Rose, The Observer

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