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ISBN-10: 1681377349
ISBN-13: 9781681377346
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publish Date: 07/25/2023
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Selected Poems

Editor: Aparna Halpé
Editor: Michael Ondaatje

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Price: $16.00

Overview

Bold and original poetry from a leading figure of an underrepresented anglophone tradition.

Lakdhas Wikkramasinha (1941-1978) is considered to be among Sri Lanka’s foremost anglophone poets of the twentieth century. This fearlessly political poet influenced generations of writers in Sri Lanka, but his works are largely inaccessible at present, as they were self-published in limited print runs and only a few of his poems were widely anthologized.

Selected Poems is the first book to include a wide range of Wikkramasinha’s poems in English, drawn from the original sources and edited by Aparna Halpé and Michael Ondaatje, most of which have never been anthologized.

The volume also contains a representative selection of Wikkramasinha’s poems in Sinhala, translated into English for the first time by Udaya Meddegama, to show readers of twentieth century South Asian poetry a rare example of an accomplished bilingual poet.

This selection of Wikkramasinha’s poems will allow readers to engage more readily with the poet’s overarching thematic concerns and provides an exceptionally strong and coherent portrait of his entire oeuvre, one which still resonates in South Asian literature to this day.

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Details

ISBN-10: 1681377349
ISBN-13: 9781681377346
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Publish Date: 07/25/2023
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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