7 min read.Updated: 07 Feb 2020, 05:12 PM ISTVikram Shah
The award-winning Sri Lankan writer speaks on his latest novel, real-life inspirations, cricket, and chronicling Colombo
A decade ago, Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka finished writing Chinaman, a first novel that became almost as mythical as the characters that populated it after it quickly transmogrified into that rare beast: the critically acclaimed best-seller. Now, Karunatilaka has reason for a double celebration. Not only has Penguin Random House India released a 10th-anniversary edition of the cult novel, it has also published Chats With The Dead, a second offering that is a more literal realization of the author’s obsession with the ghosts of Sri Lanka’s past.