Are you interested in reading more books by API authors? 📚 We would love for you to join our book lover community and discuss these works together in the API AJET Book Club! For our next meeting, we are reading The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka. Anyone is welcome!
For the latest updates, please visit the #bookclub channel on our Discord or the website book club page. We will be deciding our first book club meeting date soon.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka
“All stories are recycled and all stories are unfair. Many get luck, and many get misery. Many are born to homes with books, many grow up in the swamps of war. In the end, all becomes dust. All stories conclude with a fade to black.”
Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida—war photographer, gambler, and closet queen—has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.
Ten years after his prize-winning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka’s foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a “thrilling satire” (Economist) and rip-roaring state-of-the-nation epic that offers equal parts mordant wit and disturbing, profound truths.