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Eminent litterateur Jean Arasanayagam dies

Prolific English language poet and award-winning novelist Jean Arasanayagam passed away on July 30 in Kandy after a brief illness. She was 88 years.

An author of over 50 books, Arasanayagam, in her writings, dealt mainly with gender, post-colonialism and personal relationships.

Many of her works had been translated into various languages, including Danish, Swedish, French, and Japanese.

She was a fellow in the Creative Activities area of the International Writing Programme at the University of Iowa in 1990. She was a Visiting Fellow at Exeter University, UK, in the Faculty of Arts.She taught English at various institutions on the island. Arasanayagam had won a number of accolades for her writing. She was awarded the National Award for Literature in 1984. She won the 2017 Gratiaen Prize for ‘The Life of the Poet’. She was given the Sahityaratna award by the government in September 2017. For her lifetime contribution to world literature, Arasanayagam was also honoured with a doctorate in letters by Bowdoin College in the USA. Arasanayagam is survived by her husband,Thiagarajah Arasanayagam, also a writer- painter-playwright, and two daughters, Devasundari and Parvathi.Her funeral will take place on Friday (2).


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