Posted by: koolwine | September 12, 2010

Sri Lanka: Anil’s Ghost

A forensic anthropologist and an archaeologist team up to investigate the large number of murders in war-torn Sri Lanka.

Country Focus: Sri Lanka (Shri Lamka in transliterated Sinhala); formerly Ceylon (1948-1972)

Anil’s Ghost
Michael Ondaatje
Originally published:
Knopf, 2000.
My edition: First Vintage International Edition, 2001.
307 pgs.

Acclaim: National Bestseller; A New York Times Notable Book; Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize Winner

The Plot: Anil Tissera, a forensic anthropologist working for the Center for Human Rights, returns to her native Sri Lanka in the early 1990s charged with the fool’s errand of finding out who is responsible for the numerous disappearances and murders taking place on the island.  She is paired with Sarath Diyasena, a government archaeologist who Anil fears she cannot trust.  In his diggings, Sarath has unearthed a lead – a recently buried skeleton hidden among others that are centuries old.  Anil and Sarath work diligently to discover the identity of the deceased and his killer, but revealing the truth of the victim’s death may lead them closer to their own.

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