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The final and shortest novel of the quintet is a coda that brings together several of its displaced characters in unexpected ways. The noble monk Sankarananda Thero meets a tragic end, but he remains an inspiration for Thiravi, who finds the direction he has been searching for for years. Suthan reunites with his mother and sister briefly in India, but their relationships remain strained. Thiyagu’s mind begins to clear as he takes on new responsibilities and returns to Nainativu with an orphaned child. As her friends and family disperse, Raji learns of a tragedy that finally forces her to admit the depth of her feelings.
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.