ISBN 9789351369585,The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War

The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka's Civil War






Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789351369585

ISBN-10 9351369587


Number of Pages 360 Pages
Language (English)

India & South Asia

Sri Lanka's three-decade-long civil war tore communities apart, instilling deep fear and hate. In 2009, the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 3,00,000 civilians and killed more than 40,000. Resilient, displaced millions still dared to hope. But the next five years changed everything. Rohini Mohan's searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation looks beyond the end of a war, to reveal the creeping everyday violence that comes after. When citybred Sarva is dragged off the streets by state forces, his middle-aged mother, Indra, searches for him through the labyrinthine Sri Lankan bureaucracy. Meanwhile, Mugil, once a child soldier, deserts the Tigers in the thick of war to protect her family. Having survived, they struggle to live. Sarva flees the country, losing his way and almost his lifein a harrowing journey to foreign shores. Mugil stays, breaking out of the refugee camp to rebuild family, a home, an ordinary life in the village she left as a girl. Indra watches a triumphant Sri Lankan state fritter away its chance at peace. In the tumultuous world they inhabit, desires, plans and people, can be snatched away in a moment. The Seasons of Trouble is startling and brutal, yet a beautifully written debut from a prizewinning journalist. A classic piece of reportage on the effects of conflict on people.