A conversation with David Blacker, author of A Cause Untrue

But read anything by a vet, be it as old as Hemmingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, James Webb’s The Fields of Fire, or the new stuff out of Iraq like One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick, and you’ll see what I mean.

…As perhaps the first and only author of fiction to date with front-line experience, what are your thoughts on the transformation of the real world ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka?Well, I see a certain amount of change where public enthusiasm has faltered, compared to the early 1990s.

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A review of “A Cause Untrue” by David Blacker

There is simply no comparable work of fiction by a Sri Lankan author.Writ against backdrop of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and terrorism, the book weaves a plot that ricochets from Sri Lankan battlefields to the autobahns of Germany, from clandestine meetings of terrorists in British pubs to suicide bombers on the rampage in Canada.Blacker’s novel begins with one of the flights that plowed into the World Trade Centre towers in New York on 11th September 2001, which is then linked to the international terrorist network of the LTTE…. Blacker’s world is dark with no redemption – it is fiction without hope, a faux catharsis that long after the thrill of the first read, makes us wonder whether the novel would have been as compelling had it been about the IRA, the ANC or ETA.These remain literary criticisms that when addressing a work such as A Cause Untrue, fail to capture why it will be a success.

A review of ‘The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lankan & The Last Days of the Tamil Tigers’

This review was originally written for and published on Groundviews. ### I was elated to take delivery of my copy of The Cage by Gordon Weiss yesterday. Having pre-ordered it off Amazon UK, I fully expected it to be held up by Customs officials in Sri Lanka, given the incendiary issues the book is anchored … Continue reading A review of ‘The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lankan & The Last Days of the Tamil Tigers’

It’s not cricket

“Ancient rulers of Sri Lanka built monuments established institutions to honour the philosophy of Buddhism. In turn this led to lesser folks following the principles advocated by Buddhism en masse.” Lankapuvath, accessed 15 Feb 2009 “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like … Continue reading It’s not cricket