Travel the world without leaving your chair.
The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world.
All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Sri Lanka.
Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE 2021 It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother''s former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the so... continue
Sri Lanka, finales de los años 80. La situación de inestabilidad y caos social se recrudece. Dos son los personajes que protagonizan nuestra aventura. Anil, médico forense que debe hacer un informe para las Naciones Unidas y Sarath, un arqueólogo que colabora con ella. Ambos irán tomando conciencia de la catástrofe que vive aquel distante país. Desaparecidos, asesinatos, fosas comunes ... La pareja se dará cuenta de cuán peligrosa podría resultar la curiosidad en un territorio donde reina la anarquía. Lo que suceda aquí les cambiará la vida. Ésta es una novela política que logra retratar con f... continue
With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Each is haunted by the riddle of the fourth member, an English patient -- a nameless, burned man whose memories of passion, betrayal, and rescue illuminates this book like flashes of heat lightening.
El Hacía muchacho viaja a la isla tropical dónde nació su abuelo y murió su padre. El abuelo Eldon, que huyó de la isla es quien crio al muchacho; hombre pacifista, cultiva rosas en su jardín y da sabios consejos. El padre, en cambio, un idealista que volvió a la isla de sus ancestros para luchar por la paz.
El muchacho, sin un objetivo claro, camina por los senderos de la isla, hasta que en un estanque: ¡Y conoce a una muchacha! Bella, buena, inteligente, ecologista. Y nace el amor. ¿Qué puede salir mal? A partir de all&iac... continue
A coming of age story about Arjun Chelvaratnam, who struggles with his homosexuality, entering into an affair with a schoolmate and breaking not only sexual taboos, but also social structures that separate the Tamil and Sinhalese.
Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. 256 pp.
Before violence tore apart the tapestry of Sri Lanka and turned its pristine beaches red, there were two families. Yasodhara tells the story of her own Sinhala family, rich in love, with everything they could ask for. As a child in idyllic Colombo, Yasodhara's and her siblings' lives are shaped by social hierarchies, their parents' ambitions, teenage love and, subtly, the differences between Tamil and Sinhala people; but the peace is shattered by the tragedies of war. Yasodhara's family escapes to Los Angeles. But Yasodhara's life has already become intertwined with a young Tamil girl's... Sar... continue
Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida -war photographer, gambler, and closet queen- 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. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lank... continue
'My Sweet Girl is like nothing else I've read. Set in San Francisco and Sri Lanka, this is a story about friendship, lies, and guilt. A stunning and original must-read' Samantha Downing, Sunday Times bestselling author of My Lovely Wife A girl in a new country. A dark secret left behind. A dead body which might tell all. Ever since she was adopted from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, Paloma has led a privileged Californian life: the best schools, a generous allowance and parents so perfect that Paloma fears she'll never live up to them. Now at thirty, Paloma has managed to disappoint her parents so... continue
In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir by an exceptional writer.