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‘LINCOLN IN THE BARDO’:

A Buddhist looks at a tragic event in American history



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The 2017 Man Booker Prize winning novel ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by American fiction writer George Saunders is almost entirely peopled by corpses lying in coffins in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Georgetown, Washington DC on a February night in 1862. The text reads like a film or drama script that comprises an assortment of conversations among the shades of some recently dead and a biographical scrap book about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of America, containing diary entries, and extracts from actual and invented historical accounts of the American Civil War period (1861-65), which are carefully attributed to sources.

The action centres round the crypt of William Wallace Lincoln (Willie), the latest arrival in the graveyard, the recently dead 11-year-old third son of the president. An interesting fact is that all these ghosts are unaware that they are dead, and behave as if they are alive.Read More...
 
 

Making a delicious chicken curry with arsenic in it

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"We have guests for dinner. Wife, please make them delicious chicken curry with arsenic in it. No? Then let’s take them out to have tandoori chicken – with arsenic."These are not lines from the latest Bollywood murder mystery sc...

A CHARITY CONCERT FOR THE AIDS FOUNDATION OF LANKA

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The much awaited spectacular musical variety performance in support of the AIDS Foundation of Lanka was held at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on November 4th.It is the brainchild of Mrs. Sirima Jayasekera, a great pianist and an excellent music teacher w...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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