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A conversation with Romesh Gunesekera about his novel described as taut and luminous, graceful and wild. Suncatcher is a poignant coming-of-age novel about difficult friendships and sudden awakenings. Mesmerizingly it charts the loss of innocence and our recurring search for love – or consolation – bringing these extraordinary lives into our own.
Part of the WorldLit series in collaboration with Bangalore Literature Festival
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Romesh Gunesekera is internationally acclaimed for his novels and short stories, including the Booker-shortlisted Reef.
Romesh explores key themes of our times – political, environmental, economic – through stories of wide appeal.
Noontide Toll, a cycle of linked stories published in 2014, captured a vital moment in post-war Sri Lanka and was featured in the New Yorker.
His latest novel, Suncatcher (shortlisted for the 2020 Jhalak Prize), returns to an earlier era and a story of divided loyalties and endangered friendship in the turbulent 1960s. It is now available in paperback and as an audiobook.
Born in Sri Lanka, he also lived in the Philippines before coming to Britain.
Distinctions: BBC World Book Club, New York Times Notable Books, Premio Mondello (Italy), BBC Asia Award.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
Salil Tripathi is a Bombay-born writer based in New York. He is the author of Offence: The Hindu Case (2009), The Colonel Who Would Not Repent ((2015), and Detours: Songs of the Open Road (2016). His next book is about the Gujaratis. He chairs PEN International’s Writers in Prison Committee. Salil studied at Sydenham College in Bombay and Dartmouth College in the US, and has been a correspondent in India, Singapore, and Hong Kong, and worked at human rights organisations in London. His journalism has won awards in India and abroad. He writes for Mint and Caravan.