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Ruins

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780733635052

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‘RUINS is a stirring and skilfully crafted debut, and Savanadasa’s characters are so vividly drawn they feel like family. With his sharp and masterful observations of race, class and gender in the “new” Sri Lanka, Savanadasa takes his seat beside Omar Musa, Alice Pung and Michael Mohammed Ahmad to usher in the brave and stunning new dawn of diverse Australian fiction.’ Maxine Beneba Clarke, award-winning author of FOREIGN SOIL

A country picking up the pieces, a family among the ruins.

In the restless streets, crowded waiting rooms and glittering nightclubs of Colombo, five family members find their bonds stretched to breaking point in the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war.

Latha wants a home. Anoushka wants an iPod.
Mano hopes to win his wife back.
Lakshmi dreams of rescuing a lost boy.
And Niranjan needs big money so he can leave them all behind.


‘A highly accomplished and well-oiled book . . . It claims the attention of the reader with rare confidence and doesn’t let it go . . . This book could well achieve the same kind of success as The Kite Runner.’ SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

‘[Savanadasa’s] writing recalls Christos Tsiolkas’ recent work … distinct and convincing, RUINS heralds the arrival of a gifted new talent in Australian fiction.’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING

‘An absolute must-read’ WOMAN’S DAY

‘An outstanding debut novel’ WEST AUSTRALIAN

‘RUINS is an impressive debut. Savanadasa joins other important contemporary Australian-Sri Lankan novelists . . . in enriching the globalised phenomenon that is Australian literature.’ THE SATURDAY PAPER

‘RUINS stands out from other Australian debuts for its ambitious structure, its vibrant setting, and the depth and complexity of the Sri Lankan family at the centre of the story.’ READINGS

‘an intelligent, engaging novel’ DARK MATTER ZINE

‘A rich and colourful story of family and country, its complexity revealed in layers . . . Only through the eyes of others can we begin to see a place.’ Inga Simpson, author of the critically acclaimed WHERE THE TREES WERE

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I really enjoyed Ruins. Highly recommended.
ANZ LitLovers Litblog
If you want to be faced with the truth that all families are equally tragic, no matter where they are, or appreciate multilinguality in your novels, then read this book. - Kimberly McIvor
Salient
Social-realism with a touch of the postmodern. - Rajith Savanadasa.
Sunday Age
Ruins is a character-driven exploration of Sri Lanka as a society . . . an intelligent, engaging novel.
Dark Matter Zine
Ruins stands out from other Australian debuts for its ambitious structure, its vibrant setting, and the depth and complexity of the Sri Lankan family at the centre of the story.
Readings
The characterisation is vivid, and the narrative drive is sustained as the plot layers build up. - Lisa Hill.
ANZ LitLovers Litblog
For a debut writer there is a great deal of assurance in his ability to create nuanced characters and layers of meaning.
Brona's Books
So fresh and descriptive of our diverse society. Beautifully crafted.
Manly Daily
The whole reason why I picked up ruins was to discover and explore a different way of life!
Stacey Kym, Twin Reads
An accomplished and insightful debut. - Robert Goodman
PSNews
s a highly accomplished and well-oiled book
Michael Mcgirr, Sydney Morning Herald
Ruins is an impressive debut. Savanadasa joins other important contemporary Australian-Sri Lankan novelists . . . in enriching the globalised phenomenon that is Australian literature.
The Saturday Paper
a tale of a middle-class family in Colombo at the time the war was coming to an end.
Sydney Morning Herald
Savanadasa keeps the tension alive till the very end, letting his characters redeem and redefine themselves by their actions rather than their words.
Faizal Kahn, Financial Express New Delhi
As only the best fiction can, Ruins has taken me into the life not just of the central characters but also of their culture
Bev Roberts, PEN Melbourne Quarterly 2 and 3 2016
A stirring and skillfully crafted debut.
Country News insert, Shepparton
Rajith Savanadasa's Ruins is a remarkable first novel. It is a highly accomplished andwell-oiled book. The pieces fit together as neatly as cogs. Its characters arewarm, engaging and vulnerable. It claims the attention of the reader with rare confidence and doesn't let it go.
Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Age, Canberra Times
an outstanding debut novel
West Australian
Ruins heralds the arrival of a gifted new talent in Australian fiction.
Australian Bookseller + Publisher
a refreshingly diverse voice in Australian literature
Ashleigh Meikle, The Book Muse
an absolute must-read
Woman's Day
Savanadasa's ear for dialogue is second to none and he mixes Tamil and Sinhala words into the narrative fearlessly. Nothing is obvious in this memorable tale. It rolls along effortlessly, pulling together centuries of history, tradition and the residual traumas of war, poverty and loneliness. It is only as the story races towards a surprising denouement that its full power becomes apparent.
Post Magazine
Savanadasa has written a riveting debut that examines the intricacies of class, racial and generational divides in contemporary Sri Lanka.
Gerard Elson, Australian Bookseller & Publisher
Tells of life in the so-called New Sri Lanka, after the end of the civil war early this century.
Janet Croft book reviews blog
Ruins is a worthy (even dutiful) addition to the burgeoning ranks of English-language novels by writers of both Sinhalese and Tamil backgrounds
Weekend Australian
sometimes an author turns up who has such a feel for the nuances of personality that their characters seem eerily familiar, as if you might once have known them, or might bump into them in the street. Rajith Savanadasa is one of those writers
Adelaide Advertiser
Ruins is an impressive debut. Savanadasa joins other important contemporary Australian- Sri Lankan novelists - Yasmine Gooneratne, Michelle de Kretser and Chandani Lokugé - in enriching the globalised phenomenon that is Australian literature
The Saturday Paper