[lg policy] Sri Lanka: new book by Michael Roberts

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 10 15:39:02 UTC 2011

 Forwarded From:  aisls-l at lists.pdx.edu

The publication of the latest book of Michael Roberts, "Fire and
Storm. Essays in Sri Lankan Politics", Volume One ((Colombo: Vijitha
Yapa Publications) is also an opportunity to draw attention to Michael
Roberts' blog, "Thuppahi" at http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/. The table
of contents to the volume and its preface can be found at "Thuppahi."

The preface to "Fire and Storm"  introduces this collection of popular
essays written between 2000 and 2009 in the following way:

"This anthology is a companion piece for "Confrontations in Sri Lanka:
Sinhalese, LTTE and Others" (Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications,
2009). That collection reproduced essays that had been printed
previously in refereed academic journals. In contrast this cluster
reproduces articles presented in popular journals, newspapers and
web-sites. As such, they are mostly shorter articles. There are two
exceptions embodying articles intended for an academic journal:

    * “Self-annihilation — Tamil Tigers & beyond: cultural premises
inspiring sacrificial suicidal acts.
    * “The Tamil movement for Eelam.”

"There is another longish essay, entitled “Suicide for political
cause,” which is an amalgamation of four short articles presented
initially in www.transcurrents.com. As such, this effort, like the
majority of articles within these covers, falls within the ambit of
“productions for popular consumption.”


Charlie Hallisey

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