The thirty-year-long civil war in Sri Lanka which ended in 2009 shook the island-nation. Now there is peace rapid development - and a new government. But questions remain. What do Tamils and Sinhalese feel about their new country? What are their dreams for the future?
Sri Lanka: The New Country is insightful and unusual reportage from the dispassionate eye of a foreign correspondent who covered the bloody conflict for two decades. It is anecdotal narrative at its best: about ordinary Sri Lankans former Tamil Tigers meeting LTTE chief V. Prabhakaran princes 'secular clergymen' army generals Tamil Buddhists Sinhalese Tamils politicians and sailors wary of ghosts.
As the writer traverses Sri Lanka's formerly embattled north and east internationally stereotypes about the nation are challenged. The book is a tribute to a wonderful people as they pick up the pieces of their fragmented national identity and get on with building a new country.