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Novel on being a child soldier for Tamil Tigers

A memoir – called autofiction by Sri Lankan Tamil author Shobasakthi – about a young man who served as a child soldier for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) recently came with in an English version.  From this article:

So, it was with great fear that, seven years ago, Sri Lankan Tamil writer Shobasakthi wrote about his time as a child soldier with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, blowing the lid on a cruel practice of one of the deadliest and most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world.

Unusual clarity coming from someone who picked up the gun at 15, had to leave his country before he was 20 and then spend the rest of his adult life as a refugee.

The official webpage for the book is here.

A synopsis from Random House:

Playful yet disturbing, Gorilla plunges us into the village of Kunjan Fields, in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Here, amusing local thug Gorilla runs wild and poor Rocky Raj, his son, tries to distance himself from his father´s antics. Rocky Raj immerses himself in his studies, but the Tamil Eelam Movement comes to town and he becomes a child soldier. Soon, however, he is thrown out by the Movement for not following orders – then recaptured and tortured. What will be this soldier’s fate?

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