This selection of poems by Cheran, one of the most important poets writing in Tamil today, charts the civil war in Sri Lanka of more than three decades, and its aftermath, in a narrative set against a landscape once idyllic, now devastated. Yet this is not the only narrative in this book: woven throughout are love poems - which, even in his earliest work, are shadowed by uncertainty and loss - and poems about displacement, exile and the experience of diaspora.
This book has been selected to receive financial assistance from English PEN's Writers in Translation programme supported by Bloomberg and Arts Council England. English PEN exists to promote literature and its understanding, uphold writers' freedoms around the world, campaign against the persecution and imprisonment of writers for stating their views, and promote the friendly co-operation of writers and free exchange of ideas.
While Cheran was in the UK October 2013, he was interviewed on BBC World News.
A recording of Cheran and Lakshmi Hiolmstrom reeading at the October Gallery 8 Oct 2013
ISBN 978-1906570-32-3 pbk
ISBN: 978-1906570-33-0 hbk
Page count: 128
Published July 2013