Penguin Books India announces – The MGR Murder Trial by Shobasakthi

Translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy

Published by Penguin Books India, Rs 299 paperback

A powerful and gripping collection of stories about the darkest years in Sri Lankan history

A young man confesses to a bizarre crime.  A girl is hailed as a miracle worked when she makes a desperate appeal to God.  A seaside town is plagued by mysterious thefts.  The death of a whore triggers a lifelong obsession in a teenage boy.  A refugee returns to Sri Lanka to find a country engulfed in a living nightmare.

In this vivid and inventive tales, Shobasakthi gives shape to the unspeakable violence, fear and trauma unleashed during the years of Sri Lanka’s civil war and its aftermath. Written with acuity pand flair, the stories in The MGR Murder Trial are by turns visceral, moving and shocking.