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The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises
From the Winner of the Booker Prize for Fiction 2022
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It's a simple car bomb, and it's rigged to a busload of schoolgirls. No one knows it is there except for me. The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises is a collection of disquieting moments. Unpleasant truths await a Sri Lankan president in the back of a London cab. An advertising agency has to come to terms with a blown-up collection of pictures of its employees' penises. A man, presumed missing, quietly journals by the sea. A being dispassionately recalls the numerous births it had taken and absurd fates it had to endure. An Englishman, a Dutchman and a Portuguese man walk into a Ceylon bar, with grand narcotic designs. A masterful blend of dry wit, morbid charm and earnest observations, Booker-longlisted author Shehan Karunatilaka's The Birth Lottery and Other Surprises is a collection of stories that serves up fantasies for both doomsday and everyday.
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Shehan Karunatilaka is a Sri Lankan writer whose first book, Chinaman, won the Commonwealth Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His second novel, Chats with the Dead, was published in the subcontinent in 2020 to great critical acclaim; in the UK it was published as The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida and is the winnder of the Booker Prize 2022.
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