Victor Lloyd Wirasinha, who became a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), was a typical civil servant whose native language was English. Nevertheless, he also was a self-taught Sinhala author. His death in 2004 interruped his efforts to translating Sophocles’ Antigone into Sinhalese language. It was his favourite play and he felt it had not even been adequately translated into English.
Victor Lloyd Wirasinha was born in 1913 in a pious Christian family. His Christian name combined the names of the Italian King Victor Emanuel and the British Prime Minister Lloyd George. He visited Richmond College in Galle. Already as a young man he developed his love for classical literature and classical music and studied Western Classics at University, this is why he was well-versed in Latin and Greek. He also could read Spanish.
Already in 1935,Victor Llloyd Wirasinha became a civil servant in British Ceylon. At the age of 38, he was the Commissioner of Parliamentary Elections. He continued his work in the Civil Service after Ceylon became independant in 1948.
After his retirement he published English newspaper articles on national and international issues. For example he criticized US President George Bush's decision to invade Iraq without UN mandate.
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