內容簡介 2021布克獎入圍作品一則訊息展開一段探索靈魂之旅「如此華麗 . . .讓人想起邁克·翁達傑的《菩薩凝視的島嶼》。」【2021 年 7 月最佳書籍】《歐普拉日報》「對喪親之痛和懷念其本質的沉思。」—《紐約客》「在濃稠，近似催眠的散文中，Anuk Arudpragasam 探討長達數十年的內戰，與獨立的渴望。及隨之而來的暴力跟拒絕癒合的情感傷痕。這是對痛苦深刻的沈思...包括倖存者的罪惡感和戰爭的後果。」—《衛報》「這是一部極好的小說，對我們的世界給予密切的關注，迷人的、政治性的、親密且無所畏懼」《逃亡之年》作者，Sunjeev Sahota（布克獎入圍作者） 以《短暫的婚姻故事》（暫譯）獲獎作者，又一深情力作《向北之路》（暫譯）一個關於青春、失落和生存的故事。Krishan 被一通電話吿知，他祖母的前看護人 Rani 意外摔落井底而去世了。訊息是由Anjum帶來的，曾是 Krishan 的愛人，也是一位社運份子，同時帶來了回憶和渴望。 隨著Krishan 乘著火車長途跋涉，參加葬禮，經歷曾飽受戰爭蹂躪的北部地區，開始一段靈魂的復甦旅程。一條通往國家最深處的驚人通道， 作者對斯里蘭卡三十年內戰的無情，最深沈的描述。 A story of age and youth, loss and survival that builds into a magisterial reckoning with mortality, from the prize winning author of Story of a Brief Marriage'Mesmerizing, political, intimate, unafraid – this is a superb novel, a novel that pays such close, intelligent attention to the world we all live in'Sunjeev Sahota, author of the Booker shortlisted The Year of the Runaways'A profound and disquieting account of the making of a self, of the pressures of history, desire, will, and chance that determine the shape of a life […] one senses, reading his two extraordinary novels, a new mastery coming into being'Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs To You and CleannessIt begins with a message: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's former care-giver, Rani, has died in unexpected circumstances, at the bottom of a well in her village in the north, her neck broken by the fall. The news arrives on the heels of an email from Anjum, an activist he fell in love with four years earlier while living in Delhi, bringing with it the stirring of distant memories and desires. As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for the funeral, so begins a passage into the soul of an island devastated by violence.Written with precision and grace, A Passage North is a poignant memorial for the missing and the dead, and a luminous meditation on time, consciousness, and the lasting imprint of the connections we make with others.‘A Passage North is written with scrupulous attention to nuance and detail. Its world is the deeply-layered, rich interior of its protagonist's mind but also contemporary Sri Lanka itself, war-scarred, traumatized. At its center is an exquisite form of noticing, a way of rendering consciousness and handling time that connects Arudpragasam to the great novelists of the past’Colm Tóibín, New York Times bestselling author of Brooklyn and The Testament of Mary
作者介紹 Anuk Arudpragasam Anuk Arudpragasam was born in Colombo and currently lives between Sri Lanka and India. His debut novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize as well as the Internationaler Literaturpreis. He received a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 2019.