Shehan Karunatilaka – The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

A major new voice in the tradition of Rushdie, Bulgakov and Marquez, Booker Prize winner Shehan Karunatilaka joins us to share an unforgettable vision of Sri Lanka’s civil wars.

Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, 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.

Fusing fury with comedy, mordant wit and disturbing truths, Shehan Karunatilaka’s wildly energic tour de force The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida has catapulted its author in the first order of world literature. He joins us to share the stories behind this extraordinary testimony to one of the darkest times in modern history.

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