Fiction. Asian & Asian American Studies. Translated by Arundathy Rodrigo. This second volume in the Prison of Dreams quintet explores the disenfranchisement of Tamil youth in the face of growing Sinhala Buddhist nationalism. Rajalakshmi faces two options, whether to remain in her beloved little island, Nainativu, or to seek refuge in India. At the same time, as the idea of separatism grows, the movement begins to fracture through internal differences, and Rajalakshmi's beloved Suthan makes a decision that irrevocably alters their fates. As people begin to leave Nainativu, the novel shifts to mainland Sri Lanka and India and addresses the new challenges that face the scattered islanders.
Devakanthan was exiled by the Sri Lankan civil war and now lives in Toronto. He has written numerous essays, short stories, and novels and is an active member of the Toronto Tamil literary community. His work is read and studied internationally, in the Tamil homeland (Sri Lanka) and the diaspora. Prison of Dreams is a quintet of novels, an epic examination of the ethnic tensions in Sri Lanka, the marginalization of the Tamil minority, and the trauma of civil war and exile. The first novel of the quintet, HIS SACRED ARMY, won the Tamil Nadu (India) Novel of the Year award.Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN