Kaleidoscope - An Anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature
By D.C.R.A Goonetilleke - Emeritus Professor of English
by Dr. Tilak S. Fernando reporting from London
"Kaleidoscope" - An Anthology of Sri Lankan English Literature by Emeritus Professor of English D.C.R.A Goonetilleke is the first publication of its kind to celebrate Sri Lankan literature in all its diversity ranging from fiction, non-fiction, poetry, to drama, a cross-section of how Lankan authors deliberated and wrote from the colonial era to modern times. With a mix of love and war, of sex and food, of the tsunami and terrorism, its range of kaleidoscopic patterns mirrors the changing nation from Senior to science fiction (Sci-fi). .
Kaleidoscope offers a wide range of modes and evokes a whole gamut of moods and action ranging from the origins of Lankan English literature as reacting to the stirrings of a patriotic fervour, a response to the glories of an ancient culture and the dreams of youth in the Kandy Lake Poets to the acid disenchantment of the 21st century. Principally, the anthology proffers entertainment and enjoyment, while simultaneously sharpening the reader's perceptions.
Kaleidoscope consists of a generous selection from Sri Lankan established writers such as Punyakante Wijenaike, Carl Muller, Suvimalee Karunaratna, Yasmine Gooneratne, Chitra Fernando, Patrick Fernando, Lakdasa Wikkramasinha, Anne Ranasinghe, Regi Siriwardena and Ernest Thalayasingham MacIntyre as well as from outstanding recent writers (some bilingual) such as Nihal de Silva, A. Santhan, Sunethra Rajakarunanayake, Kamani Jayasekera and U. Karunatilake.
D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke, Emeritus Professor of English, is also the internationally recognized authority on Sri Lankan English literature. He was elected Fellow Commoner by Churchill College, University of Cambridge, and later Foundation Visiting Fellow by Clare Hall, University of Cambridge. He was Henry Charles Chapman Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, and Guest Professor of English at the University of Tubingen, Germany. He was the International Chairperson of the Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS) and Vice-President of the Federation Internationale des Languages et Literatures Modernes (FILLM).
Professor Goonetilleke's other publication include Developing Countries in British Fiction, Images of the Raj, Joseph Conrad: Beyond Culture and Background, and Salman Rushdie, all published by Palgrave Macmillan (London).
He has edited Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness, Perspectives on Post-Colonial Literature, and anthologies of Sri Lankan Literature. Recently he has completed a study of Joseph Conrad for Routledge (London & New York).
"Kaleidoscope" (ISBN 978-955-1266-70-7), a Vijitha Yapa publication, is available from their Bookshops at Unity Plaza, 2 Galle Road, Colombo 4, or could be ordered on line - Website: www.vijithayapa.com (e-mail: email@example.com) Price: SL Rs.495/=