Magazine article New Internationalist

Heaven's Edge by Romesh Gunesekera

Magazine article New Internationalist

Heaven's Edge by Romesh Gunesekera

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Romesh Gunesekera's third novel is set in the near future on an unnamed tropical island, once a gentle and fertile semi-paradise - the `edge of heaven' - but now poisoned by decades of war and pollution. Marc, the narrator, arrives from London to try to piece together his fragmentary and troubling history. His grandfather left the island many years before and his father, a pilot, died in dubious circumstances while flying a fighter plane in the endless civil war.

Passing his days in a seedy, deserted hotel, Marc meets Uva, a mysterious and passionate dissident. Uva is releasing a pair of emerald doves and she shows Marc her farm, where she is revitalizing and restocking her despoiled land. The two become lovers but are wrenched apart when the farm is destroyed by rampaging soldiers and Uva disappears. Taken prisoner by the shadowy military regime, Marc escapes and, together with Jaz and Kris, two ill-matched companions, sets out into the perilous countryside to find her. …

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