[Reader-list] Lecture by Rohini Mohan on 'Seasons of Change: The Legacy of Impunity in Sri Lanka' at CSDS on 17 February 2015

Patrice Riemens patrice at xs4all.nl
Wed Feb 11 02:42:42 CST 2015

>   Centre for the Study of Developing Societies invites you to a lecture
> *                                     Seasons of Change:*
> *                     The Legacy of Impunity in Sri Lanka*
>                                      by *Rohini Mohan*

> *Rohini Mohan* is an award-winning independent political journalist based
> in Bangalore. She has written for *Tehelka, The Hindu, Outlook, Caravan,
> The New York Times, Foreign Policy, *and *Al Jazeera*. Her book *The
> Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War*, was
> recently published by Verso in US and UK, and Harper Collins in India. It
> is a nonfiction account of three ordinary people in the aftermath of the
> civil war, and is a work of five years of undercover reportage in Sri
> Lanka.

from the Verso add


The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War
by Rohini Mohan

“Gripping and profoundly moving ... an astonishing feat of reportage.” –
NPR Guide to 2014’s Great Reads

For three decades, Sri Lanka’s civil war tore communities apart. In 2009,
the Sri Lankan army finally defeated the separatist Tamil Tigers
guerrillas in a fierce battle that swept up about 300,000 civilians and
killed more than 40,000. More than a million had been displaced by the
conflict, and the resilient among them still dared to hope. But the next
five years changed everything.

Rohini Mohan’s searing account of three lives caught up in the devastation
looks beyond the heroism of wartime survival to reveal the creeping
violence of the everyday. When city-bred Sarva is dragged off the streets
by state forces, his middle-aged mother, Indra, searches for him through
the labyrinthine Sri Lankan bureaucracy. Meanwhile, Mugil, a former child
soldier, deserts the Tigers in the thick of war to protect her family.

Having survived, they struggle to live as the Sri Lankan state continues
to attack minority Tamils and Muslims, frittering away the era of peace.
Sarva flees the country, losing his way – and almost his life – in a bid
for asylum. Mugil stays, breaking out of the refugee camp to rebuild her
family and an ordinary life in the village she left as a girl. But in her
tumultuous world, desires, plans, and people can be snatched away in a

The Seasons of Trouble is a startling, brutal, yet beau­tifully written
debut from a prize-winning journal­ist. It is a classic piece of
reportage, five years in the making, and a trenchant, compassionate
examina­tion of the corrosive effect of conflict on a people.

Hardback, 368 pages
ISBN: 9781781686003
September 2014
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