The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/04/2023
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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
A worthy winner.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almedia is a worthy winner of the booker prize 2022. It is as beautiful as it is brutal, offering an insightful exploration of the... READ MORE
Cerys at Hemel Hempstead
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
The narrative style of this book really took me by surprise, and I loved it. Set in Sri Lanka, we follow a professional war photographer who finds himself ... READ MORE
Benny Duverge-Pryce
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
A book I'd gladly read for another seven moons
Karunatilaka's mind-bending semi-spiritual journey certainly doesn't pull its punches. Both a bitingly down-to-earth critique of Sri Lanka past and present... READ MORE
Austin Bowsher


Winner of The Booker Prize 2022 A searing satire set amid the murderous mayhem of Sri Lanka beset by civil war Colombo, 1990. Maali Almeida, war photographer, gambler and closet gay, has woken up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office. His dismembered body is sinking in the serene Beira lake and he has no idea who killed him. At a time where scores are settled by death squads, suicide bombers and hired goons, the list of suspects is depressingly long, as the ghouls and ghosts with grudges who cluster round can attest. But even in the afterlife, time is running out for Maali. He has seven moons to try and contact the man and woman he loves most and lead them to a hidden cache of photos that will rock Sri Lanka. Ten years after his prizewinning novel Chinaman established him as one of Sri Lanka's foremost authors, Karunatilaka is back with a rip-roaring epic, full of mordant wit and disturbing truths.

  • Publisher: Sort of Books
  • ISBN: 9781914502071
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 340g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm

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The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
Blistering, beautiful and grim
A fantastic and fantastical voyage into Sri Lanka's politics, culture and life told in a hyper realistic style with black humour, compassion and fire. Lov... READ MORE
Stewart Hotston
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
Sri Lanka gets its own Ripley
This was strangely compelling. Maali Almeida is a fixer, a photographer, a philanderer and a gambler. He threads his way through the horrors of Sri Lankan ... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
Populated by a cacophony of multifarious characters, both living and dead. - A romping good read.
Now the 2023 Booker Prize shortlist is announced I thought I should get round to reading the 2022 winner; The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida by Shehan Karuna... READ MORE
Cathy Symes
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
Humorous, historical and heart-rending retelling of Sri Lanka’s modern history
Maali Almeida, a war photographer with principles, who works for all sides, is dead. But who killed him? He only has seven moons to find out. From page... READ MORE
Nick A