Described as ‘brave’ and ‘brilliant’ by the New York Times Book Review, Anuk Arudpragasam’s devastating novel The Story of a Brief Marriage packs a powerful emotional punch. Join the acclaimed Sri Lankan-born, first-time novelist and Rajith Savanadasa as they discuss the tale of refugees Dinesh and Ganga, brought together by an arranged marriage as Sri Lanka’s civil war rages around them. When having a future seems impossible, what happens to the promise of a life together? 

Anuk Arudpragasam (International)

Anuk Arudpragasam is from Colombo, Sri Lanka and currently lives in New York, where he is completing a doctorate in philosophy at Columbia University. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, is a meditation on trauma and silence and takes place over the course of a few hours in a displaced person's camp during the final days of the Sri Lankan Civil War. Described as 'an act of sustained empathy' by The New Yorker, it was named one of the Best Ten Novels of 2016 by The Wall Street Journal. Anuk writes in English and Tamil.