Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Karunatilaka, Shehan

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If it is possible to wake up dead, then that is what has happened to murdered photojournalist Maali Almeida. It’s 1990, and he has arrived in the bureaucratic ‘In-Between’, and before he can go to The Light, he has seven days to decide what he wants to do with his afterlife. In the meantime, he needs to make sense of what has happened and ‘nudge’ his friends to retrieve and disperse his photos that will expose the true story of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Unique and absorbing, this satirical story of Maali’s plight and Sri Lanka’s misery is peppered with grim humour, but is not for the faint-hearted.

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"Magnificent read! I will be buying this book for my own collection."

"Amazing book - I see why it won the Booker."

"I enjoyed this book very much, but it is definitely not for the tender of stomach. It's quite graphic at times."

"Unique, absorbing and not for the faint-hearted."

"Despite the difficult topic, the style of writing is easy to read and at times humorous."

"It is a novel idea to see the events of Sri Lanka through the eyes of the dead."

"A stark look at the tragic political and social situation in Sri Lanka in the late 1980s."

"I found it a little difficult for the first few moons, but couldn't put it down after that - an amazing read."



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