April 12, 2021

KITAAB

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Granta’s best untranslated writers: Shobasakthi

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Shobasakthi is also known as Anthony X; he is an ex-militant; he is an expatriate. Based in France, he writes about Sri Lanka in Tamil, his native language (and the native language of my parents). I read Tamil, but not yet well enough to get through the original versions of his books; instead, I use popular English translations by Anushiya Ramaswamy. I finished his novelGorilla very shortly before meeting him; I read another, Traitor, many years after that initial conversation.

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