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Anuk Arudpragasam was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He spent several years studying philosophy in the United States, receiving a doctorate at Columbia University in 2019. His first novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, was translated into seven languages, won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He currently divides his time between India and Sri Lanka.

In Anuk Arudpragasam’s The Story of a Brief Marriage, the smallest, most granular acts of the human body and the heart take on the aura of the miraculous—an ode to the essential, unbearable battle to salvage one’s humanity while existing inside the grotesque and pitiless march of war. This novel is the debut of a lifetime.

Laura van den Berg
on The Story Of A Brief Marriage

With care and precision, Arudpragasam delivers a deeply contemplative, psychological portrait of war and how quickly language and memory fall away in the face of constant terror. 

on The Story Of A Brief Marriage

The most extraordinary novel I read this year was Anuk Arudpragasam's The Story of a Brief Marriage. The book is only 200 pages long, and its action takes place over 24 hours in a Sri Lankan refugee camp, but in its small span it tackles the largest themes: the purposelessness of human suffering, the love that gives purpose to human life.

Garth Greenwell
on The Story Of A Brief Marriage