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A PASSAGE NORTH – Deep Philosophical and political quest

Anuk Arudpragasam’s Booker 2021 longlist title has a simple premise of a young man on a journey to the north of Sri Lanka in response to receiving an unexpected call regarding the death of his grandmother’s caretaker.

This is one of those books that is not deeply focused on the plot but the psychology of the character.

The writing is almost full run on sentences without any pause and very stream of consciousness.

The protagonist of this novel is constantly reckoning with the past. The past might be protagonist’s relationship with an activist while his days in India or his life in India prior to moving in the northeastern Sri Lanka.

The book is very philosophical on various issues about war and violence and what it does to people.

There is an interesting political point of view of Sri Lankan Civil war as the protagonist himself was not involved in the war but views it from outside. So this adds a really interesting perspective on how the protagonist realises why he should move back to his country?

This book handles both philosophical and political elements in a very deep and wise way.

A passage north – Anuk Arudpragasam Published by Granta books

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