Shehan Karunatilaka: The Seven Moons of Maali AlmeidaFri 5 May, 6.30pm
Melbourne Town Hall
Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won the 2022 Booker Prize for his dazzling magic-realist satire The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. Set during his homeland’s long civil war, the story follows its title character, a self-described photographer, gambler and ‘closet queen’, who wakes up as a ghost with a week to discover who killed him.
Casting light on politics, history, religion and mythology, it was praised by the Booker judges as ‘an afterlife noir that dissolves the boundaries not just of different genres, but of life and death, body and spirit, east and west’. Karunatilaka discusses the novel’s genesis, scope and success with ABC RN’s Kate Evans (The Bookshelf).
This event will have Auslan interpretation.
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This event is supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund – a $200 million partnership of the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.
Thanks to the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, this event will be live-streamed to the State Library Victoria forecourt, so you can listen for free!
Kate Evans is the co-host of ABC Radio National's weekly literary review and interview program, The Bookshelf. She also contributes to other programs on the network, and regularly hosts interviews at writers' festivals. ...
Shehan Karunatilaka is the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize for his second novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida. He is also the author of the award-winning Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, which was selected for ...