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Random House India, Oct 1, 2011 - Fiction - 540 pages
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Retired sportswriter, W.G. Karunasena is dying. He will spend his final months drinking arrack, upsetting his wife, ignoring his son, and tracking down Pradeep S. Mathew, an elusive spin bowler he considers ‘the greatest cricketer to walk the earth’. On his quest to find this unsung genius, W.G. uncovers a coach with six fingers, a secret bunker below a famous stadium, an LTTE warlord, and startling truths about Sri Lanka, cricket, and himself. Ambitious, playful, and strikingly original, Chinaman is a novel about cricket and Sri Lanka—and of Sri Lanka through its cricket. Hailed by the Gratiaen Prize judges as ‘one of the most imaginative works of contemporary Sri Lankan fiction’, it is an astounding book.

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User Review  - salvadesswaran - LibraryThing

Brilliant. Bloody brilliant. This is one of the best cricket books I've read, up there with Cardus and the likes. More than cricket, brings out the soul of Sri Lankan life. Read full review

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User Review  - kaipakartik - LibraryThing

Enjoyed this book a lot. Hilarious and an unusually melancholic look at cricket. Its filled with booze, loose women and a lot of great insights into the game that make cricket what it is. Read full review

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Shehan Karunatilaka has written advertisements, rock songs, travel stories, and basslines. Chinaman is his first novel.

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