Anne passes away


Well-known author and poetess, Anne Ranasinghe, a Holocaust surviour, passed away late on Saturday night at her home in Rosmead Place, Colombo 7. She was 91.

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. at the General Cemetery, Kanatte. The cortege will leave her residence, 82, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7. The cremation will take place at 5 p.m.

She was the wife the late Prof. D.A. Ranasinghe, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Colombo and later Chancellor of that university.

Anne was born on Oct. 2, 1925 as Anneliese Katz in Essen, Germany.

The Library of Congress in its introduction of Anne says: "Escaping from Nazi Germany to England, she married a Sri Lankan professor and became a citizen of Sri Lanka in 1956. Her first collection of poems, And the Sun That Sucks The Earth to Dry, was published in 1971. Although primarily a poet, she has also published short stories, essays, and translations. Her works have been broadcast and published in seventeen countries and translated into nine languages.

Drawing from her own life experiences, her writing has been described as "vibrantly sensuous or stark and deeply moving." The Holocaust is a recurring theme in Anne Ranasinghe’s poetry and contrasted with Sri Lanka’s violent past as in ‘July 1983’." Themes of alienation and minority persecution are found in many of her poems.

Anne has won numerous local and international awards for her writing including the Sri Lanka Arts Council Prize for Poetry 1985 and 1992 and non-fiction in 1987. In 1994, she won the Sri Lanka Literary Award for best collection of short stories.

She is a founding member of the English Writers’ Cooperative of Sri Lanka and regular editor of its journal, Channels. Her name has been included in the Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry (Oxford & New York: Oxford, 1994).

The Library of Congress has seven works by her.

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