The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karunatilaka


Bookseller Review by Adeolu: 

We find Maali Almeida in the reception of the afterlife, with no clue how or when he died. His quest to remember his death and make peace with his life takes us through decades of Sri Lanka’s history and turmoil. 

This book has so much to say that it can be overwhelming at times, but it’s so well written and intriguing that it’s more than worth the journey. 

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.A magical realism whodunnit set amid Sri Lanka’s civil war Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, 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. At a time 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 try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s foremost author delivers a rip-roaring epic, full of mordant wit and disturbing truths.

WINNER OF THE BOOKER PRIZE 2022. Now with added author content – a Map of Colombo as viewed from the afterlife + Dramatis Personae