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UNDER ATTACK (2018)
Set in Sri Lanka, between October 2008 and February 2009, the story concerns a young journalist who is writing a book on Richard de Zoysa – journalist and artiste slain by the state-paramilitary in February 1990 – as the country is steered into what would prove to be the last months of the Civil War with the Liberation Tigers.
Price: LKR 600 / $ 12
Music. Death. (2016)
Set in the transitional social, cultural and spatial backdrop of the slow-paced Kandy of the late 1990s and early 2000s, as seen and recorded through retrospective eyes, mapping a transitional phase of late teens, involving a young group of friends who dream ordinary mid-teen dreams. A story of music and of death.
Price: Rs 600
The Fear of Gambling (2011)
An experimental interweave of three narratives of the present and the past of a demi-biographical narrator, set in the climate of the Sri Lankan government’s military offensive against the LTTE in 2008 and 2009. Infuses the anxieties and misgivings of a Southern Lankan narrator, as he looks on the war situation, and the pending massacre in the North. A story of a distant childhood, the disillusionment of dreaming too early and the desire to make that impossible return to “better” times and people.
Price: Rs 700
Stable Horses (2008)
A novella that looks into mediocrity and non-achievement in the life of CS Kaushalyan, an art and graphics designer who is consistently battling the need to quit. Kaushalyan’s idea of making that break is to contest a popular literary prize with an epic poem of three cantos. Stable Horses is a novel that moves back and forth between Kaushalyan’s past and his present, giving grounding to his anxieties.
Shortlisted, Gratiaen Prize – 2008.
Price: Rs 500
Love and Protest (2014)
A collection of poetry on the themes of ‘love’ and ‘protest’ that was awarded the Gratiaen Prize in 2014, by a panel comprising of Sonali Deraniyagala, Dineli Fernando and Jehan Aloysius. It collects 50 poems written between October 2013 and December 2014 and is the one single volume collecting poems on ‘love’ by the author.
Gratiaen (2014) and State Literary Award (2015) Winner.
Price: Rs 500
People Who Don’t Count (2012)
A selection of Vihanga Perera’s work from 2011 to 2012. Poems represent a range of themes from personal to more national preoccupations in a time of post-war evidence of criminality and urban beautification.
Price: Rs. 500
Busted Intellectual (2010)
A selection of Vihanga Perera’s work from 2009 to 2010. Themes include shifting anxieties of an immediate post-war nation, introverted debates of identity and revisitations of dislocated national and personal spaces.
Price: Rs. 500
Pesticides for Ma Pants (2009)
An experimental collection of poetry, set against Sri Lanka’s socio-political rollercoaster of 2009.
Price: Rs 100.
SCHOOL ON THE HILL (2017)
A collection of short fiction set in the picturesque Randles Hill in Kandy, dealing with school life and youth spent in a school ‘on the hill’. Eleven stories with varied themes and perspectives.
Price: LKR 500 / $ 12
Postcards to Bentham (2013)
A collection of thematically varied, socially and politically sensitive stories encompassing a diverse range of style, purpose and technique. The collection includes his award winning “Photos of Rebellion” and “The Teacher of Baffo”. The stories cut across a myriad local concerns from state violence, national security, to personal themes such as love, dilemma, depression and indecision.
Price: Rs 500
The(ir) (Au)topsy (2006)
Vihanga Perera’s debut collection of fifteen partly interwoven, experimental short stories. The narratives are largely personal introspections, often sensitive to larger national and social issues. Upon publication, upheld as an “alternative” approach to the genre. Common themes include displacement, coming of age, fantasy, illuion/disillusion and the Lankan political fabric of the early-mid 2000s.
Gratiaen shortlisted book – 2006.
Price: Rs 500
(Co-author of) The Pen of Granite: A Richard de Zoysa Twenty Fifth Year Memorial (2015)
In this memorial edition of the slain poet and human rights activist Richard de Zoysa, Vihanga Perera — along with authors Manikya Kodithuwakku and Dhanuka Bandara — discursively explores what it was to engage in radically political poetry in the 1980s, where Sri Lanka was caught in an expanding web of vice and violence. Vihanga’s contribution to the collation analyzes the immediate social and political climate that resulted in Richard’s being slayed by the State’s paramilitary, and of the place Richard’s poetry demands in the contemporary Lankan literary context.
Price: Rs 400
Water In the Moon (2012)
Water In the Moon is a collection of essays on Lankan English fiction, located in the post-2009 context, but also drawing on relevant shaping factors of the defined field from other temporal moments of recent history. The essays refer to recent and the more contemporary works of writers that include Michael Ondaatje, Shehan Karunatilaka, Mark Wilde, Karen Roberts, Ayathurai Santhan and Nihal De Silva. In these essays, Vihanga is candid on how he feels about drawbacks and inconsistencies he locates in some of these writers in a rare “on the face” evaluation of their work, without any academic/scholarly qualms.
Price: Rs 650