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The Story of a Brief Marriage

(2016)
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"Brave... Brilliant... This is a book that makes one kneel before the elegance of the human spirit and the yearning that is at the essence of every life." - The New York Times Book Review

"An exceptional debut... Beautiful and penetrating and truthful: a small work of art whittled from atrocity." - The Wall Street Journal

"An act of sustained empathy." - The New Yorker

Two and a half decades into a devastating civil war, Sri Lanka's Tamil minority is pushed inexorably towards the coast by the advancing army. Amongst the evacuees is Dinesh, whose world has contracted to a makeshift camp where time is measured by the shells that fall around him like clockwork. Alienated from family, home, language, and body, he exists in a state of mute acceptance, numb to the violence around him, till he is approached one morning by an old man who makes an unexpected proposal: that Dinesh marry his daughter, Ganga. Marriage, in this world, is an attempt at safety, like the beached fishing boat under which Dinesh huddles during the bombings. As a couple, they would be less likely to be conscripted to fight for the rebels, and less likely to be abused in the case of an army victory. Thrust into this situation of strange intimacy and dependence, Dinesh and Ganga try to come to terms with everything that has happened, hesitantly attempting to awaken to themselves and to one another before the war closes over them once more.

Anuk Arudpragasam's The Story of a Brief Marriage is a feat of extraordinary sensitivity and imagination, a meditation on the fundamental elements of human existence - eating, sleeping, washing, touching, speaking - that give us direction and purpose, even as the world around us collapses. Set over the course of a single day and night, this unflinching debut confronts marriage and war, life and death, bestowing on its subjects the highest dignity, however briefly.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

October 2016 : UK Hardback
Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage
Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
ISBN: 1-78378-237-4 / 978-1-78378-237-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

September 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel
Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
ISBN: 1-250-07240-9 / 978-1-250-07240-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

September 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel
Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
ISBN: 1-250-07527-0 / 978-1-250-07527-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2016 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage
Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
Publisher: Granta Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

September 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Story of a Brief Marriage: A Novel
Author(s): Anuk Arudpragasam
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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