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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Shehan Karunatilaka

2022 Booker Prize Winner Published: 4th August 2022 Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, 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. A searing satire set amid the murderous mayhem of Sri Lanka beset by civil war Colombo, 1990. At a time 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 try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka. Publisher: Sort of Books ISBN: 9781908745903
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This astonishing novel combines beautifully immersive Sri Lankan folklore with the stark historical background of Civil War in 1990's Colombo. Blurring genres and the line between life and death makes this book a must read for everyone.

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'An exuberant whodunnit ...There can't be many novels that simultaneously bring to mind Agatha Christie, Salman Rushdie and John le Carre - but this one does.'

The Times

'The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is dazzling. Shehan Karunatilaka's use of Sri Lankan folk mythology is truly original ... human and non-human monsters equally terrify. And yet Karunatilaka's exuberant language and humour keeps this book buoyant and a joy to read'

Shyam Selvadurai

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