The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

by Shehan Karunatilaka

Narrated by Shivantha Wijesinha

Unabridged — 14 hours, 15 minutes

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

by Shehan Karunatilaka

Narrated by Shivantha Wijesinha

Unabridged — 14 hours, 15 minutes

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Overview

An Instant National Bestseller



Winner of the 2022 Booker Prize, The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida is a searing satire set amid the mayhem of the Sri Lankan civil war.



Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida-war photographer, gambler, and closet queen-has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira Lake and he has no idea who killed him. In a country where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers, and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to the photos that will rock Sri Lanka.



Ten years after his prize-winning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Shehan Karunatilaka is back with a "thrilling satire" (Economist) and rip-roaring state-of-the-nation epic that offers equal parts mordant wit and disturbing, profound truths.

Editorial Reviews

JANUARY 2023 - AudioFile

This year’s Booker Prize novel is also one of its most compelling audiobooks. Set in a violent phase of Sri Lanka’s recent history, the story is often grim—but also deliciously ingenious and suspenseful. The narrator, recently murdered, addresses himself as “you,” reconstructing a storyline in which the afterlife exists simultaneously with the living world and the victim tracks down his own killer. Actor and musician Shivantha Wijesinha is the novel’s voice brought to life, an immensely talented new audiobook performer who evokes a range of Sri Lankan characters with subtlety and vigor that match the author’s own. Wijesinha is a natural who takes in the narrative whole while losing himself to it entirely, and this remarkable novel is also a remarkable debut. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine

From the Publisher

What the judges particularly admired and enjoyed in The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida was the ambition of its scope, and the hilarious audacity of its narrative techniques. — The 2022 Booker Prize

BBC - Rebecca Jones

"This book is difficult to categorise. With ghosts and spirits in the afterlife, it is part supernatural. But it also gives you a thorough grounding in Sri Lankan politics. And as the narrative gathers pace it becomes a whodunnit. The result is a thrilling read."

Times [UK] - James Walton

"There can’t be many novels that simultaneously bring to mind Agatha Christie, Salman Rushdie, Raymond Chandler, John le Carré and Stranger Things—but this one does... Karunatilaka respects the conventions of all the genres that he piles up so extravagantly... The result is an unexpectedly exhilarating read."

Telegraph - Claire Allfree

"A mix of mischievous magic realism and absurdist humour... [A] wild, uncategorisable [novel]."

New European Review - Charlie Connelly

"The most significant work of Sri Lankan fiction in a decade... Amid the dryness, satire and weary lamentations on the state of Sri Lanka there is genuine heart to this novel."

Economist

"Comic, macabre, angry and thumpingly alive... [Maali’s voice] has bite, brilliance, and sparkle... Still, the furious comedy in Mr. Karunatilaka’s novel never courts despair."

Guardian - Tomiwa Owolade

"The obvious literary comparisons are with the magical realism of Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez. But the novel also recalls the mordant wit and surrealism of Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls or Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita... Karunatilaka has done artistic justice to a terrible period in his country’s history."

JANUARY 2023 - AudioFile

This year’s Booker Prize novel is also one of its most compelling audiobooks. Set in a violent phase of Sri Lanka’s recent history, the story is often grim—but also deliciously ingenious and suspenseful. The narrator, recently murdered, addresses himself as “you,” reconstructing a storyline in which the afterlife exists simultaneously with the living world and the victim tracks down his own killer. Actor and musician Shivantha Wijesinha is the novel’s voice brought to life, an immensely talented new audiobook performer who evokes a range of Sri Lankan characters with subtlety and vigor that match the author’s own. Wijesinha is a natural who takes in the narrative whole while losing himself to it entirely, and this remarkable novel is also a remarkable debut. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176773026
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 12/20/2022
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 458,099
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