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Publisher's Summary

It begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence.

Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others.

©2021 Anuk Arudpragasam (P)2021 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

“Mesmerizing, political, intimate, unafraid - this is a superb novel.” (Sunjeev Sahota, author of the Booker shortlisted The Year of the Runaways)

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a great book

great narrator for a beautiful book.... amazing writing, compelling themes of what it means to live, to witness, to love and to be free. so glad that this book exists, vital to literature about Sri Lanka.

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  • 27-09-2021

Time and Thought

A wonderfully written, wonderfully read experience. Reflective on time and learning, it is so much more than a story. Beautiful prose aligned with the experience of learning - and yearning. Fabulous.

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  • AJCW
  • 12-10-2021

Extraordinary & Beautiful

Loved this. The narrator has the most beautiful voice and way of narrating and the writing is exquisite.

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  • james walker
  • 13-11-2021

The damage of war

A beautiful meditation on love, life and family and the irreversible damage that war inflicts on people. The narration is perfect for the story: slow, calm, thoughtful. A worthy inclusion on the Booker shortlist. Would definitely read other works by the author.

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