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The novel's action revolves around Anil Tissera, a young forensic anthropologist, born in Sri Lanka but educated in Europe and America, who "had courted foreignness", and "was at ease whether on the Bakerloo line or on the highways around Santa Fe". Anil returns to the country of her birth after 15 years on a United Nations sponsored investigation into the escalating number of politically motivated murders engulfing the island. As Anil begins to realise the scale of the murder and horror which her investigations reveal, it becomes clear that "the darkest Greek tragedies were innocent compared with what was happening here". She reluctantly teams up with Sarath Diyasena, "the archaeologist selected by the government" to investigate a particularly sensitive murder; skeletons discovered buried in the Bandarawela caves, one of the most archaeologically sensitive sites in the entire country. One skeleton in particular fascinates both Anil and Sarath. Simply known as "Sailor", the quest for the skeleton's identity sucks both Anil and Sarath into the terrifying heart of darkness which makes up contemporary Sri Lankan politics. Ondaatje reflects upon the ancient history of Sri Lanka through the fragments of history and identity that Anil and Sarath uphold in the face of the murder and chaos which surrounds them.
Although Anil's Ghost is a poetic and beautifully written book, it is also a tough, uncompromising and brave novel about a terrifying conflict that the world has chosen to ignore. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great subject matter (civil war in Sri Lanka ), but this was not a story,but a series of fictitious anecdotes. No character development, no exploration of motivation etcPublished 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
Set in Sri Lanka, a story about loss, trust, the past and letting go. Tells the story of the atrocities of the civil war in Sri Lanka while the central character comes back to her... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by Amazon Customer
A delicate and awfully sad piece. Written with elegance but at the same time intense emotivity. I would have expected nothing less from such an author. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2011 by Bellini45
It must be a painful experience for a writer to witness the meltdown of his or her country of origin from the comfort of exile. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2009 by Trevor Coote
I'm still not quite sure what I made of this. It's certainly a very dense novel set against a fascinating and gruesome period. Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2009 by daisyrock
An amazing book, thought-provoking, emotional and an insight into the problems in Sri Lanka.
A forensic scientist returns to her native country after a long time as part... Read more
I have read Anil's Ghost twice and am looking forward to reading it again, as it is one of my favourite books of all time. Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2007 by Woodpecker
This book is so powerful and yet so subtle in its power. The power , the passion and the sights and smells this book evokes are clear and sharp and strong . Read morePublished on 2 May 2004 by A.Customer