The harrowing journey of a teenage refugee who never gave up on his dream of seeing his family again.
Born to a wealthy family in northern Sri Lanka, Logathasan Tharmathurai and his family lost everything during the long and brutal Sri Lankan Civil War.
In January 1985, at the age of eighteen, he left his home in a desperate bid to build a new life for himself and his family abroad after a deeply traumatic encounter with a group of Sinhalese soldiers. As his terrifying and often astonishing journey unfolds, he finds himself in a refugee camp, being smuggled across international borders, living with drug dealers, and imprisoned.
The Sadness of Geography is a moving story of innocence lost, the persecution of an entire people, and the universal quest for a better life.
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Painting a harrowing portrait of the Sri Lankan Civil War, this memoir reads like some of the very best epic fiction—it’s hard to imagine the life that Logathasan Tharmathurai has lived. The Sadness of Geography follows him through searing violence, personal assault, and his journey as a refugee. Fleeing homes, enduring refugee camps, and surviving a war that killed tens of thousands, Tharmathurai endured hardship after hardship, and his moving story—though alarming—is truly inspirational and a call to arms against hate.
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The Sadness of Geography
The riveting story of a refugee’s journey to Canada in the face of impeding violence is told with great clarity and succinct writing. Refugees and immigrants can identify with parts of the journey. Great read.