First short story in sri lanka

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first short story in sri lanka

Selected Short Stories by Martin Wickramasinghe

For me, Martin Wickramasinghe is the only professional writer in Sri Lanka who I have no problem of reading again and again and again. The secret of the success of his writing lies in the unique manner in which the words have been carefully penned down on paper, with idioms and imagery taken from surroundings close to the ordinary man. Wickramasinghe had written 108 short stories in his era and this collection includes the of them translated to English by his son, Dr. Ranga Wickramasinghe. The ten short stories include: Diversion (Vinodaswadaya), Cemetery (Kanattha), Love (Aadaraya) Bondage (Wahhalu), Money (Salli), Mother (Mawa), Eve of the New Year (Narak Vu Piti Banduna), The Torn Coat (Irunu Kabaya), Woman (Gahaniya) and Exploits of Andoaiya (Begal). They have been originally published in this collection of short stories: Wahhalu and Gahaniya.

I really enjoyed the English Translations although Ive read the Sinhala versions of these stories before, reading this gave me an idea how it mightve been if Martin Wickramasinghe wrote his stories in English. I do wish he had written at least some of his creative work in English, which wouldve given the world a chance to recognize this great writer. Five stars!
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Martin Wickramasinghe

A Selection of Modern Sri Lankan Short Stories in English

By Rajiva Wijesinha —. Pathmanathan —. It was after well over 30 years that I went back to Jaffna for a literary event. I have been well over a dozen times to the peninsula over the last 5 years, but it was for Reconciliation work, beginning with the Future Minds Exhibition held in December to encourage youngsters to take advantages of the educational and employment opportunities that would open up with the impending end of the conflict. Since then I have been to Business Development meetings, discussions on Education, and most frequently for meetings of Divisional Secretariat Reconciliation meetings. But the last visit was special, for it was in connection with Literature, which had been the reason I last visited Jaffna.

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