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A Passage North (edició 2022)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE * A young man journeys into Sri Lanka's war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war from the author of The Story of a Brief Marriage.   "A novel of tragic power and uncommon beauty."--Anthony Marra "One of the most individual minds of their generation."--Financial Times A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances--found 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 impassioned yet aloof activist Krishnan fell in love with years before while living in Delhi, stirring old memories and desires from a world he left behind.    As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for Rani's funeral, so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country. At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lanka's thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre "at the end of the earth" lays bare the imprints of an island's past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.   Written with precision and grace, Anuk Arudpragasam's masterful novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still alive.… (més)
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A Passage North, Anuk Arludpragasam, author; Neil Shah, narrator
This most definitely is Krishan’s story, and although it is utterly exhausting in its description and detail, it is also so beautifully written, in a soft voice that neither raises nor lowers one’s blood pressure, that it rolls out without creating any anxiety . As Krishan’s life is examined, as we look through the window of his feelings and examine his behavior, the strife and destruction of war also quietly enter the picture; still, even when that is told, the stress level does not rise; the prose smoothly rolls out, evenly and thoughtfully as it expresses the temperament of its main character.
Told like one long reminiscence, Krishan and Sri Lanka come to life. As we learn about Krishan, we go from his time as a professor in India to the war torn north of his country, Sri Lanka, where Tamils largely lived. Using his pen, the author has done a yeoman’s job of presenting the picture of his world, with all of its warts and foibles in a country rocked by civil war for decades. Although Krishan is Tamil, he remained outside the country, in India, during the war with the Sinhalese, who are in the majority. He escaped from the horrors with its brutality and destruction, from the awful emotional crises of those subjected to the violence and the fear, from the pain of the loss of loved ones, property and way of life. Not all could recover from such total devastation, but Krishan is determined to move on as he explores and learns more about what took place and how it affected others, as he explores his life and life’s raison d’être.
As Krishan searches for answers, complex ideas are revealed. How do we approach life, death, and aging? What is our purpose? Getting old involves great loss. He had not realized the effect of it on his grandmother, but as her strength, power and mobility diminish, he is forced to face mortality. How does one deal with the shadow of utter loneliness which can be devastating? How do we approach war and peace if we are removed from the actual violence? What do we ultimately want if not freedom and independence? Is that what we are all searching for as we take different paths? In a story about Sri Lanka, the author has managed to also examine human existence everywhere. He includes current themes like the lgbtq lifestyles, politics, the environment, women’s rights and more without causing any conflict or confusion, so light is his nonjudgmental touch
The book is not exciting, quite the contrary, it is slow moving and not uplifting, but is also so alive with important explanations and revelations, one cannot put it down. The reader is moved to learn more about the customs, the culture and the history, as without expending too much energy, the civil war and its aftermath are illuminated.
The juxtaposition of each word in every sentence was so poetic and eloquent that, at times, I lost sight of the story because of the beauty of the expression. Not one word was wasted. Through Appamma and Rani we learn about loneliness and different kinds of loss, about life and death, the life of a plant the decay of the body and mind. Through Anjun and Krishan we learn about what we search for and how we go about it, how we choose our lifestyles and partners. We are all searching for something, for some purpose.
As if the narrator is watching Krishan’s life on a screen, he relates everything without undue emotion, just refers to facts and events as they come up, sometimes moving back and forth in time. Adding to this, the actual reader of the audio book did a masterful job with this novel, never interjecting himself into the narrative, but rather reading it as if he was viewing it all take place with us. As he narrates the story of Krishan’s feelings and memories to the reader, like the peaceful meandering of a river, this story is told, often quoting from legends and poems that reveal the story of others searching for answers, answers that do not always satisfy the seekers. Float on with these stories and be enlightened. I do not think you will be sorry, for in the end, the experience is quite exhilarating. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Dec 5, 2021 |
54. A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam
reader: Neil Shah
published: 2021
format: 9:15 audible audiobook (304-pages in hardcover)
acquired: October 26
listened: Oct 26 – Nov 7
rating: 4 (maybe 4 plus)
locations: Sri Lanka & parts in Delhi and Bombay, India.
about the author: Tamil author born in 1988 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Attended Stanford University and received a PhD in philosophy at Columbia University in 2019.

When this book opens and Krishan learns about the death of his grandmother's caretaker, I assumed he was going to focus on his grandmother and his family. But he then gets side tracked and this goes on and on. It took me a little while to realize these sidetracks were the book. And it also took me a while to realize that this caretaker, Rani, was the key subject - a representative of the tragedy of the Sri Lanka civil war.

My fifth audiobook from the Booker longlist, this is all in the head of Krishan, a Tamil from Sri Lanka who experienced the civil war only from a distance. His passage north is to Rani's funeral. Rani, we learn, lost two of her three children to the civil war, both her boys, one on the last day of the war, a final shelling. She was broken, and never could recover. As Krishan travels, he reflects... on the Tamil loss, the war‘s horrors, and on his own life, all with some philosophical touches. Rani's funeral serves as a kind of focal point. The text is really fine, although it demands your full attention, so is a little challenging on audio. But it's carefully worded, meaningful and readable. I put this on the high end of 4 stars. I enjoyed it.

2021
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  dchaikin | Nov 13, 2021 |
Anuk Arudpragasam (1988) is een jonge (Tamil) schrijver en filosoof uit Sri Lanka. A Passage North is zijn tweede boek. Het stond op de shortlist voor de Booker Prize van 2021, wat meestal aanbeveling genoeg is om iets te gaan lezen. Dit in combinatie met mijn waarschijnlijk onmogelijke streven om uit elk land van de wereld eens een boek te lezen (en nee, Sri Lanka had nog geen vinkje) maakte dit boek voor mij onweerstaanbaar.

Om maar meteen met de deur in huis te vallen: A passage north is geen makkelijk boek om te lezen. Dat komt omdat er heel weinig gebeurt, en omdat het nauwelijks dialoog bevat. In het boek volg je Krishan, een jonge Tamil uit Colombo, de hoofdstad van Sri Lanka. Het verhaal begint als hij hoort dat Rani, de vrouw die de laatste jaren voor zijn oma heeft gezorgd, om het leven is gekomen. Hij reist naar het noorden van het land, vandaar de titel, om bij de crematie aanwezig te kunnen zijn. Dat is eigenlijk de volledige samenvatting van het plot. Kortom, dit is geen plot-gedreven boek!

Krishan is opgegroeid in Colombo, buiten het traditionele Tamil-gebied, waardoor hem de gruwelen van de burgeroorlog grotendeels bespaard zijn gebleven. Ja, zijn vader blijkt om het leven gekomen bij een bomaanslag, maar dit speelt nauwelijks een rol in zijn gedachten of in het verhaal. Hij heeft gestudeerd in Delhi, in India, waar hij korte tijd een relatie had met Anjum, een vrouw die hij nog steeds niet uit zijn hoofd kan zetten. Een paar jaar voordat dit verhaal begint is hij teruggekeerd naar Sri Lanka, om te helpen met de wederopbouw in het noorden, na de burgeroorlog. En sinds kort woont hij weer in Colombo, bij zijn moeder en oma.

Je volgt als lezer als het ware de gedachten van Krishan. En die gedachten, die meanderen associatief alle kanten op. Ze gaan over de liefde (en dan vooral zijn grote liefde Anjum), over ouder worden, over de dood, over de burgeroorlog en trauma, over afstand, over Boeddhisme, over identiteit, over boeken en oude verhalen, over documentaires en over reizen. Om maar een paar voorbeelden te noemen. Arudpragasam’s achtergrond als filosoof komt duidelijk naar voren.

Het boek is dus enorm introspectief. Lastig om te beoordelen! Bij vlagen vond ik het prachtig geschreven en boeiend. Op andere momenten vond ik het saai en langdradig. De context waarin het verhaal is geplaatst is interessant, maar had ik liever gehoord vanuit een personage als Rani, die de oorlog heeft meegemaakt, dan vanuit Krishan, die alles van een afstandje aanschouwt (waarschijnlijk net als Arudpragasam zelf). Ook gaat een relatief groot deel van het boek over Krishan’s relatie met Anjum, wat eigenlijk helemaal los staat van de rest van het verhaal.

Kortom, zeker een interessant boek, en origineel. Maar wat mij betreft terecht dat dit de Booker Prize uiteindelijk niet gewonnen heeft. Lees het als je interesse hebt in wat meer filosofisch getinte boeken. Laat het liggen als je houdt van boeken met veel actie. ( )
  Tinwara | Nov 4, 2021 |
I thought all the writers who could write long, beautiful, luscious prose were...well, dead. (I'm looking at you, Anita Brookner.) But this book is absolutely beautifully written like nothing I've read from other writers recently. Not much plot but a young man is mulling over his life and the war in Sri Lanka as he walks, and later takes a train across the country. It's heartbreaking learning about how the country was devastated by war but the writing is the star here. Just so beautiful. Booker shortlist. ( )
1 vota brenzi | Oct 24, 2021 |
After the war has ended, a man takes a long walk in Columbo, Sri Lanka, and later he takes a train to attend the funeral of his grandmother's caretaker. Along the way, he remembers other walks and other train journeys he took in India with the woman he fell in love with. Anuk Arudpragasam's novel has a deceptively simple framework from which he explores the aftermath of Sri Lanka's long war on its citizens and the life of those who leave their home countries.

And while all that would be reason enough to make this novel a stand-out, the real reason to read A Passage North is for the writing, which is beautiful. Arudpragasam describes the places Krishan travels through and exists in so as to make the reader feel present in a specific place and time, to see things through the protagonist's eyes and to understand the people he interacts with. This is a remarkable novel and I'm glad that it has been put on the Booker shortlist. ( )
1 vota RidgewayGirl | Oct 13, 2021 |
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It can take just two novels to establish a writer as one of the most individual minds of their generation. Anuk Arudpragasam’s award-winning debut, 'The Story of a Brief Marriage' (2016), heralded him as an author who could tackle big subjects — in this case, the wrenching civil war that tore Sri Lanka apart for two and a half decades — with a striking gift for meditative philosophy. With his new novel, a revelatory exploration of the aftermath of war, Arudpragasam cements his reputation.
afegit per kidzdoc | editaFinancial Times, Nilanjana Roy (Web de pagament) (Jul 2, 2021)
 

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE BOOKER PRIZE * A young man journeys into Sri Lanka's war-torn north in this searing novel of longing, loss, and the legacy of war from the author of The Story of a Brief Marriage.   "A novel of tragic power and uncommon beauty."--Anthony Marra "One of the most individual minds of their generation."--Financial Times A Passage North begins with a message from out of the blue: a telephone call informing Krishan that his grandmother's caretaker, Rani, has died under unexpected circumstances--found 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 impassioned yet aloof activist Krishnan fell in love with years before while living in Delhi, stirring old memories and desires from a world he left behind.    As Krishan makes the long journey by train from Colombo into the war-torn Northern Province for Rani's funeral, so begins an astonishing passage into the innermost reaches of a country. At once a powerful meditation on absence and longing, as well as an unsparing account of the legacy of Sri Lanka's thirty-year civil war, this procession to a pyre "at the end of the earth" lays bare the imprints of an island's past, the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek.   Written with precision and grace, Anuk Arudpragasam's masterful novel is an attempt to come to terms with life in the wake of devastation, and a poignant memorial for those lost and those still alive.

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