The Devil Dancers by T. Thurai

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The Devil Dancers is a novel which follows the fate of a diverse range of characters over a four-year period. These range from the main characters, such as Neleni, Arjun, Asoka and Sriya to a host of secondary characters who weave in and out of the main story like multi-coloured threads. But each has a story to tell. Here is a sample of who you will meet:

Brilliant but naïve, Arjun is banished to a backwater where he falls hopelessly in love with Neleni, a married woman. But her rival also plans to ensnare him; Murder and a flight from deadly pursuers introduce Asoka, a former monk and revolutionary, to Sriya. She offers him redemption, but Asoka is haunted by the past; Sergeant Gunasekera’s only diversion is crime thrillers – until he is forced to take responsibility for a group of refugees; Ella, the maid, steals her ride to work on a commuter train. But she embarks on a different journey after her village is attacked by rioters; Leela has all that money can buy until her husband is killed. Then, faced with bankruptcy, she strikes an unholy pact with her former lover; Prime Minister Bandaranaike owes his election to a powerful Buddhist abbot. But there is a high price to pay. In fact, this book is more than a novel. It’s a historical novel. And that means research. Lots of it. It’s not a textbook – that would destroy the story. But, by placing the characters in an authentic setting, it offers a brief insight into some of the contemporary issues. The mid-1950s was a seminal period for Ceylon; one which set the scene for a civil war that lasted over 25 years.

I hope that, in some small measure, my book will generate more interest in this wonderful, but troubled country and the issues that ultimately tore it apart.

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Published August 30, 2011 by Hot Monkey Publishing. 826 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Amid powerful insight into post-colonial politics and the beginnings of Sri Lanka’s violent war, the author only condemns the violence that erupts out of the cultural and political conflict, not the nonpartisan life decisions the citizens on either side of the conflict must make.

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