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Set in the years between 1995 and 2000, the fourth novel in the quintet follows the lives of the families scattered from the island of Nainativu across the world. Arasi redoubles her efforts to find the forcibly disappeared poet Rakini, and finds allies in the feminist groups advocating for human rights in Sri Lanka. In France, Suthan contributes to the formation of an international network of Tamils mobilizing for the struggle back home, even as his relationship with Sheila deteriorates and his past threatens to catch up with him. Raji continues her work caring for the refugees in the camp in India and eventually reconciles with her mother, who begins to see her in a new light. Rajendran undergoes a change of heart as he distances himself from Suthan and starts his own family. Yogesh becomes an indispensable boatman for the rebels, navigating his way between India and Sri Lanka on several missions.
Devakanthan (Bala Kumarasamy) was exiled by the war in Sri Lanka in the early 1980s and lived in India before moving to Canada. He lives in Toronto and is an active member of the Canadian Tamil literary scene as author and arts critic. He is a reader of Sanskrit and ancient Tamil, and has drawn from those influences in some of his works, such as Lankapuram and Kathakalam, being reimaginings of the Ramayana and Mahabarata.
HIS SACRED ARMY, the first volume of the quintet, won the Government of Tamil Nadu Novel of the Year Award (1998), and the quintet as a whole received the Tamil Literary Garden's Best Novel Award (2014).
Nedra Rodrigo was born in Sri Lanka and came to Canada during the civil war. She is a translator, poet, workshop organizer at the York Centre for Asian Research, and arts educator for youth in the York Region District School Board. She is also the founder of the Tamil Studies Symposium at York University. She is the founder and current host of the bilingual, inclusive literary event, the Tam Fam Lit Jam.
Nedra's poetry and essays have been published in various anthologies. Her translation credits include the poetry of R Cheran, Puthuvai Ratnathurai, and V I S Jayapalan in the collection Human Rights and the Arts in Global Asia (Lexington Books, 2017); the memoir In the Shadow of a Sword, published by SAGE YODA Press, India (2020); Kuna Kaviyazhakan's Forest That Took Poison, shortlisted for the inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize; and the Prison of Dreams quintet. She lives in Toronto.