Sunday, December 15, 2019

The best books about political awakenings

Romesh Gunesekera is the author of many acclaimed works of fiction including Reef, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, The Sandglass, winner of the inaugural BBC Asia Award, and The Match, the ground-breaking cricket novel. His debut collection of stories, Monkfish Moon, was a New York Times Notable Book. His 2014 book Noontide Toll captured a vital moment in post-war Sri Lanka.

Gunesekera's new novel is Suncatcher.

At the Guardian he tagged five books to spark new understanding about politics, including:
Another immigrant writer, Kamala Markandaya, was celebrated for her accounts of rural India in the 1950s. The Nowhere Man, a gem recently republished after years of unjust neglect, charts the experience of an Indian family in Britain from 1919 to 1968. It shows a restrained writer’s radicalism and is extraordinarily prescient of our current political plight. The story of elderly Srinivasan facing a confusing, hostile political climate of rising racism and smallmindedness makes us see our surroundings in a new light. Written with elegance, the novel is a devastating indictment of doing nothing when things are going from bad to worse.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue