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Ten Bullets to One, Twenty to Another

Thomas Meaney: Sri Lanka, 2 February 2017

Rescued from the Nation: Anagarika Dharmapala and the Buddhist World 
by Steven Kemper.
Chicago, 480 pp., £31.50, January 2015, 978 0 226 19907 8
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Tamil: A Biography 
by David Shulman.
Harvard, 416 pp., £25, September 2016, 978 0 674 05992 4
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The Seasons of Trouble: Life amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War 
by Rohini Mohan.
Verso, 368 pp., £16.99, October 2015, 978 1 78168 883 0
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... Japan, the US, Europe – to collect funds for the Buddhist cause. Dharmapala’s biographer, Steven Kemper, calls him ‘more of an ascetic than a political leader’, but it was partly because of his asceticism that Dharmapala’s fusion of Sinhala-Buddhist identity and nationalism caught the imagination. From reading the German racial theorist Max ...

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