Untouchable Womans Odyssey Suwanda Sugunasiri

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Published: September 2nd 2010

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Untouchable Womans Odyssey  by  Suwanda Sugunasiri

Untouchable Womans Odyssey by Suwanda Sugunasiri
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“An extraordinary first novel by an accomplished poet, Untouchable Woman’s Odyssey offers a deeply insightful narrative of postcolonial Sri Lanka. Beneath the placid surface lies a tale of the challenges of modernity, the deep divisions of class andMore“An extraordinary first novel by an accomplished poet, Untouchable Woman’s Odyssey offers a deeply insightful narrative of postcolonial Sri Lanka. Beneath the placid surface lies a tale of the challenges of modernity, the deep divisions of class and caste, and the traces of the past in shaping the present.

With remarkable skill, the author moves back and forth in time, linking the present to the past, demonstrating the multiple ways in which Buddhism has shaped the contours of Sri Lankan culture. An inclusive text in the best sense of the term, the novel draws together multiple traditions to explore the pathos, paradoxes and richness of modern Sri Lanka.

Suwanda Sugunasiri’s Untouchable Woman’s Odyssey is a major contribution to both Canadian and Sri Lankan literature.”This is a novel set in a South Asian geographic context, but not identified anywhere in the story. ‘An extraordinary first novel,’ as it has been characterized, and a ‘beautifully written love story’, it is written at a mythical level so as to render it universal.

While the two protagonists, female and male, come from different ethnic / caste backgrounds, they both undergo transformation in relation to each other, their voices flowing over one another like water. The story development entails mythology cavorting with history, both post-colonial as well as pre-colonial, the latter spanning over twenty five hundred years. In a structural novelty, the well-woven and highly engrossing novel adopts the story within story technique of the Indian Pancatantra, and also the Buddhist Birth story technique of Present and Past story....

a brilliant evocation of the ancient, mythic and religious past of a country in South Asia... The story comes alive within a wholly convincing fictional landscape that serves as the stage for a witty and informative dramatization of the countrys modern, post-colonial struggle for freedom and independence.Author Suwanda Sugunasiri is a poet with three collections, including The Waves of Cuba.

He has been featured at the Toronto Harbourfront Reading Series.The pioneering columnist on Multiculturalism at the Toronto Star, and a Book Reviewer, he was appointed by Order-in-Council to the Ontario Advisory Council on Multiculturalism and Citizenship. He has been featured on CBC, CTV, TVO, Vision TV, CTS, OMNI TV, CFRB, BBC (London), Radio Blue Danube (Denmark) and Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation (Sri Lanka), among others. He has been a popular speaker on the Multiculturalism and Interfaith Relations Circuit in Canada, in academic as well as non-academic settings – churches, synagogues &community meetings.Sugunasiri is the pioneering researcher on the Literature of the Canadians of South Asian Origins.

He is the Editor of The Whistling Thorn: South Asian Canadian Fiction (Mosaic), and co-editor of a special issue of the Toronto South Asian Review,on Sri Lankan Literature - Sinhala, Tamil and English.His critical studies on literature includes Step Down Shakespeare, the Stone Angel is Here: Essays on Canadian and Sri Lankan Literature.Labeled ‘Renaissance Man’, Prof. Sugunasiri, a US Fulbright Scholar, has done studies in National Development (PhD), Buddhism (MA), Moral Philosophy (MA) – (University of Toronto), Linguistics (MA, University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Oriental Languages (BA, University of London).

He has taught in diverse areas such as Buddhism, Education, Linguistics, Multiculturalism, Psychology and Sociology at University of Toronto and Vidyodaya University in Sri Lanka. Most recently, he gave four guest seminars on Buddhism at the University of Havana, Cuba.



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