Cricket is one of the most defining elements of Sri Lankan culture. Shehan Karunatilaka’s award-winning novel Chinaman is using the intimate relation between this beloved traditional sport and the society of Sri Lanka to introduce not only a story about cricket, but to offer a revealing meditative perspective on politics and postcolonialism and civil war in the cricket-obsessed nation of Sri Lanka. By the way, a "Chinaman" is a term used in cricket for a slow delivery of the ball trying to fool the batsman. But in Sri Lankan jargon it’s also a term for gullibility.
For travellers preparing their holidays, the novel may serve as a clue to understand political topics such as corruption and violence. The author, Shehan Karunatilaka, was born in Colombo, but he currently resides in Singapore. In 2012, Karunatilaka’s “Chinaman” won the Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
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