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The Sri Lanka Papers
Edited by Kumari Jayawardena and Kishali Pindo Jayawardena

Distributed for Zubaan Books

At the end of a quarter century of conflict, over 100,000 Sri Lankans have died and thousands of survivors have been victims of sexual violence. The subsequent cry for justice cannot be ignored. In The Search for Justice, a collection of writers and activists look to history and contemporary politics to examine the root causes of sexual violence in Sri Lanka. Offering an analysis of the polarizations created around ethnic and linguistic identities during the war years and an examination of the routine violence toward women, the authors argue powerfully that Sri Lankan women must not be treated only as victims, but as potential and actual agents of change.

Henry Jayasena, the legendary dramatist, renowned actor, lyricist, translator and author was a  firm believer of Shakespeare’s memorable phrase “All that live must die passing through nature to eternity".  He had learnt this in school as, "To every man upon the earth, death cometh soon or late". During the time he commenced his long career, he initially stood tall on the modest unsophisticated Lumbini Theatre in the early 1960's.

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