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Set adrift by the recent death of his wife, Theo Samarajeeva abandons his comfortable writer's life in London and returns to Sri Lanka, his war-torn homeland. There he meets Nulani, a talented and enigmatic young artist, and an unorthodox and tenuous love blossoms between this unlikely pair. But when the insurgency explodes, their precarious world is torn apart. Theo is held captive and stripped of everything he once held dear. Nulani is forced into exile. By turns heartbreaking and uplifting, Mosquito is a first novel of remarkable beauty and compelling power.
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Roma Tearne, who is also an artist, was born in Sri Lanka. She completed her MA at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. She was recently awarded a fellowship in the visual arts by the Arts and Humanities Research Council of Great Britain. Mosquito is her first novel. She lives in Oxford, England.Review:
Praise for Mosquito
"[A] beautifully crafted debut [...] Tearne captures the desperation, fear and hope of love during wartime, showing multiple sides of the human capacity for survival."
"With vividly rendered tropical seascapes and jungles, and populated by philosophical servants and petulant power-mongers, this novel offers a moving May-December love story set against a conflict in which the warring parties ultimately become Violence and Art."
"A lovely, vividly described novel [...] set against a background of lush scenery and looming civil war."
"Roma Tearne's novel is a heartrending story [...] the book is also about hope and survival."
—Christopher Ondaatje, The Spectator
"Flashes of true beauty, along with an impressively sustained forward drive, are enough to make Mosquito an engaging and thought-provoking novel."
—Times Literary Supplement
"Mosquito lyrically captures a country drenched both in incomparable beauty and the stink of hatred."
"Anyone who has a passing interest in Sri Lanka should read this beautiful novel."
"It is in this continuing agency of remembered love—presented as the colors, sounds and smells of art, in dialogue with beauty and horror—that the uplifting politics of this fine novel lies."
"Heartrending...readers of this powerful novel cannot fail to be moved."
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