The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Shehan Karunatilaka


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A searing satire set amid the murderous mayhem of Sri Lanka beset by civil war

Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him. At a time where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest.

But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka.

Ten years after his prizewinning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Karunatilaka is back with a rip-roaring epic, full of mordant wit and disturbing truths.

Shehan Karunatilaka is the multi-award winning author of Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew. The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is his second novel. Born in Colombo, he studied in New Zealand and has lived and worked in London, Amsterdam and Singapore.

2022.09.12. 今年布克奖长名单公布后入手,到今天读完时本书已顺利进入【短名单】,恭喜。天马行空的想象、精致又奇巧的架构,作者用罕见的【第二人称】视角(“你”)写作,让开场即发现已离奇死亡的“你”在短暂的“七日期限”内穿行于阴阳两界,追寻自己的死因和凶手。“谁是凶手”的大框架下,在1990年内战期间动荡的斯里兰卡科伦坡,一个战地摄影师(你)的离奇死亡逐步拉扯出一张勾连着官、商、军、政党派系、地方组织、地下组织、印度武装、甚至英国间谍的大网。读者跟随“你”的游魂视角,一方面目睹现实中的黑暗残酷、阴谋交易,一方面亦在紧迫的时间线内与冥界的各类魑魅魍魉过招,完成了一段段过山车般的奇遇历险。在斯里兰卡依旧动荡不安的今日,这本书不仅好读、精彩、令人欲罢不能,更切合时宜。严重推荐。祝布克奖好运。
Because, on reflection, once you have seen your own face and recognised the colour of your eyes, tasted the air and smelled the soil, drunk from the purest fountains and the dirtiest wells, that is the kindest thing you can say about life. It’s not nothing.
Home! Sweet! Home!!!
第一次见全文以第二人称为主的长篇小说 wars will never end ,not in Down There , nor In Between . there will always be new factions, new thugs, new stands. cos violence is one thing will never go shortage of, while compassion and kindness are becoming less than useless.
在斯里兰卡内战 第二人称叙事 同性恋 万物平等外没有看到太多值得获奖的理由