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'A ravishing portrait not just of one man but of an entire country's search for a resting place' Tash Aw 'An unsettling and moving account of a family - and a nation - at war with their own selves' Tan Twan Eng 'Unflinchingly insightful, Shyam Selvadurai's new novel evokes the clashing manifestations of human desire and longing in two continents.' Pankaj Mishra 'A tender and haunting meditation on the long reach of the past' Michelle de Kretser 'Powerful and beautifully written - an incredibly courageous book' Razia Iqbal, BBC News 'Selvadurai is a masterly writer, with a gift for marrying the personal with the political and cultural' India Today 'Rendered in visceral detail, locale plays a significant role here: Colombo, Toronto, and Vancouver each possess their own unique temperament ... The Hungry Ghosts is lustrous in its depictions of duty, dislocation, and the ways love and relationships haunt the human heart.' Georgia Straight 'A novel of raw human longing ... his stripped-down prose focuses on the deeply personal with precision and insight ... Selvadurai's work reminds me that the contemporary novel doesn't necessarily have to resort to thrills or high jinks in order to find its usefulness. Here, it unforgettably explores the interplay between individual intention and the tragedy of a nation's history.' The Globe and Mail 'This young romance, like something out of an Edmund White novel, is beautifully and powerfully imagined ... Calling to mind the work of Indo-American writer Jhumpa Lahiri, Selvadurai does an excellent job contrasting Sri Lanka and Canada.' Winnipeg Free Press 'Both Shivan's story and Sri Lanka's rich history are told through simple yet evocative prose, and Selvadurai's first-person narrative, with its modernized Dickensian tone, is an effective storytelling device ... The Hungry Ghosts is an accomplished, resonant novel.' Quill & Quire --Quill & Quire

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Shyam Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Funny Boy, his first novel, was published to acclaim in 1994 and won the W.H. Smith Books in Canada First Novel Award and the Lambda Literary Award in the United States. He is the author of Cinnamon Gardens and Swimming in the Monsoon Sea and the editor of an anthology, Story-wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction. His books have been published in the United States, the United Kingdom and India and published in translation in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Turkey and Israel. www.shyamselvadurai.com

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin India (1 December 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670085758
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670085750
  • Package Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,65,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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