The driver s job is to stay in control behind the wheel and that is all. The past is what you leave as you go. There is thing more to it. Vasantha retired early, bought himself a van with his savings, and w works as a driver for hire. As he drives through Sri Lanka, carrying aid workers, businessmen, and families and meeting lonely soldiers and eager hoteliers, he engages them with self-deprecating wit and folksy wisdomand reveals for us their uncertain lives. On his journey from the army camps in rthern Jaffna to the moonlit ramparts of Galle, in the south, Vasantha begins to discover the depth of the problems of the pasthis own and his country sand the promise the future might hold. From the writer praised by The Guardian for the vivid originality of his vision, here is a wonderful collectionperceptive, somber, finely tunedthat draws a potent portrait of postwar Sri Lanka and the ghosts of civil war.
Romesh Gunesekera is the author of eight highly acclaimed works, including Reef, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and The Guardian Fiction Prize; The Sandglass, winner of the BBC Asia Award; The Match ; and a collection of stories, Monkfish Moon (all available from The New Press). He lives in London.
Date of Publication
General & Literary Fiction
Country of Publication
Unsewn / adhesive bound,Paper over boards,With dust jacket