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Monthly Archives: May 2011
“One of the best books published by an Australian this year has nothing to do with the Sydney Writers’ Festival. It is The Cage by Gordon Weiss, about Sri Lanka’s civil war. Sri Lanka! Who cares, some knockers may ask? … Continue reading
MAY 19TH is the second anniversary of the Sri Lankan government’s announcement that its forces had killed Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It marked the government’s definitive victory in a bloody 26-year civil war—one, moreover, … Continue reading
One lovely day in India, as a young man, I was robbed of everything I then possessed. It was in the mid-1980s. I had just crossed the border by bus from Nepal, where I had been walking in the mountains. … Continue reading