"We Regret To Inform You That Your Condolences Cannot Be Accepted At This Time" by V. V. Ganeshananthan
This piece of short fiction was published in Groundviews one year after the Sri Lankan Civil War's violent and tragic end. Groundviews is one of Sri Lanka's premier websites devoted to citizen journalism and other forms of creative media. Groundviews is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. In this piece, V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan speaks to the conflicting and ambivalent emotions of people traumatized by war. It creatively illustrates the contradictions of the Civil War, within the context of a hypothetical interaction in which an unnamed entity is attempting to share condolences with the writer, who in this case is representative of those who faced the brunt of violence. This creative piece is an important parallel to what was discussed in Sugi's oral history interview, where conflicting narratives of Sri Lanka's history of ethnic violence and war entered, exited, and continue to coexist in her life.
Date: May 20, 2010
Subject(s): V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan
Source: Archival Creators Fellowship Program
Creator: Kartik Amarnath
Contributor: V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan
Collection: Kartik Amarnath Fellowship project
Donor: V. V. ('Sugi') Ganeshananthan
Item History: 2022-07-08 (created); 2022-07-12 (modified)
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