“The Idea of A Sri Lankan Canon In English Literature” by Vihanga Perera (In Love With a Whale)

“In the Introduction of a mid-1990s anthology on Sri Lankan writing in English, an eminent Emeritus Professor cum authority on that subject suggests that Ediriweera Sarachchandra is perhaps the “best” writer the country has ever produced. It is true that Sarachchandra — a noted scholar cum authority of literature in the Sinhala — has made a contribution to English Literary creativity between the 1970s and the late 1980s, with works such as Curfew and a Full Moon and With the Begging Bowl. Sarachchandra has also contributed to the discourse of English Literature in Sri Lanka in the capacity of a translator and critic, as exemplified by his translations of work such as K. Jayathilake’s Charitha Thunak (as The Chaff of Grain), which holds out as a compact and faithful translation, even today, four decades on.”

via: http://slwakes.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/the-idea-of-a-sri-lankan-canon-in-english-literature/

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