スリランカ文学

Tomorrow won't be so dark.Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

E. Saratchandra, "Tomorrow Is Not So Dark" Synopsis and Comments - A novel about Sri Lanka in 1971, the year of the armed uprising by Marxist students.

I cannot help but feel a sense of connection with this novel and its timing. I strongly feel that I had to read this novel before going to Sri Lanka.

This work is also a very important insight into the student conflict in Japan.

As a novel, it is very easy to read and I read through it in one sitting. He is indeed a leading Sri Lankan writer.

It was a great piece that gave me another new perspective on Sri Lanka.

I would highly recommend this work.

the deceasedBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

E. Saratchandra's "The Deceased" Synopsis and Impressions - Comparable to that Oshin! A novel diptych set in Japan that became immensely popular in Sri Lanka!

I was surprised that there was a Sri Lankan novel that had more influence than that "Oshin" novel.

The author, Saratchandra, actually visited Japan in 1955, and it is evident that the intense experience he had there has strongly influenced this book.

In particular, in the first part, "The Deceased," the narrative is primarily directed at Dewendra, a Sri Lankan painter. The story vividly depicts what Japan was like at that time as seen from his gentile perspective. As the above commentary has already given a glimpse of, Sri Lankans at that time imagined the country of Japan from reading this novel.

I picked up this book thinking that this work must be valuable in understanding how Sri Lankans viewed Japan at that time.

lotus-shaped pathBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

M. Wickramasinghe's "The Lotus Path" Synopsis and Impressions - A delicate, too delicate masterpiece of Sri Lankan literature.

What came to me as I read this piece was, "Oh...! Literature! I thought to myself, "This is literature.

It's literature, THE literature.

何を以て文学を文学と考えるのは人それぞれだと思いますが、私はこのあまりに繊細で世に馴染めない気弱な主人公にそれを感じたのでありました。

ま~じれったい!そこを一歩踏み出せばよいではないか!と発破をかけたくなるのですがそこはお約束。どうしても主人公は動かず、悩み続けます。

あまりに繊細で、あまりに世間離れしている価値観の持ち主であるのに、世の中も捨てきれない。そんな自分を理解していながらどこかでその世の中にほんの少しの期待もしてしまう。実に繊細。実にナイーブな主人公です。

end of timeBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

M. Wickramasinghe's "The End of Time" Synopsis and Comments - A masterful film about Sri Lanka, a country shaken by Marxism and class struggle!

労働者を搾取して成り上がった大資本家サウィマンに強く反抗する息子マーリン。彼は「あの二人はもうすでに精神的に腐敗している。今さら両親の心を改悛させる人間は周りに誰もいないからね!」と親友の医者アラウィンダに打ち明けます。彼の反抗はもはや家庭内だけの問題ではなく、コロンボ市民を巻き込む政治運動へと展開していきます。

本作ではこうした資本家と労働者のせめぎ合いや暴動も描かれます。当時コロンボで何が起きていたのかをかつてジャーナリストであったウィクラマシンハが物語にして具現化したのがこの小説です。これまで彼の三部作を読んできて感じたように、この作品でも彼の繊細な心理描写は精彩を放っています。

ウィクラマシンハの小説はスリランカの姿を知るのに最高の手引きとなります。

Age of ChangeBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

M・ウィクラマシンハ『変革の時代』あらすじと感想~スリランカ新興商人の実態をリアルに描写。ゾラを彷彿とさせる名著

まさにこの小説は20世紀前半のスリランカを知るための絶好の資料となります。遠く離れた日本に住む私たちにとってこれほどありがたいスリランカ絵巻はありません。

『変革の時代』では新興商人が金や地位に溺れる虚飾の世界や、それに反発を覚える息子世代の心情、旧社会の伝統を捨てきれない村の人々とのずれなど様々な立場からスリランカ社会を見ていくことになります。

This is a brilliant piece of work. As in the previous work, Wickramasinghe's fearsome descriptive power is felt in this work as well.

A Changing VillageBuddhism in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Southeast Asia

M. Wickramasinghe's "The Changing Village" Synopsis and Impressions - A masterful feature film from Sri Lanka! Also related to Dostoevsky and Chekhov!

It is a wonderful novel that is not well known in Japan, but is highly acclaimed around the world. I have actually read it and enjoyed its excellence.

スリランカでの生活が目の前に現れるかのような、没入感ある小説です。ドストエフスキーやチェーホフが好きな人には特にフィットする作品だと思います。

これからこの三部作全てを読んでいきますが、そのスタートからして圧倒的なクオリティを感じた一冊でした。