Dark Tourist: Essays

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Mad Creek Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Hasanthika Sirisena (she/they) is a writer and cartoonist and a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is the author of the short story collection The Other One.


"The essays of Dark Tourist ring with depth and unexpected associations, and Hasanthika Sirisena writes them as if her life depended on it. With an insistent and probing style, she examines art and illness, exclusion and familial bonds, violence and pride, teasing out the many ways these subjects ricochet off one another over the course of a well-observed life." --Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses
"Amidst the contexts of immigration, war, illness, and the comforts to be found in art, Sirisena invites us to pay closer attention to what we see and admire. These brilliant pieces offer portraits of courage for those whose ambitions have been sobered by grief. With lyricism and wit, Sirisena's voice resounds with piercing beauty." --Wendy S. Walters, author of Multiply/Divide: On the American Real and Surreal
"Shimmers with honesty, vulnerability, and circumspection." --Kirkus
"Sirisena explores how stories can become a 'talisman against the overwhelming darkness of another's pain' in her emotionally charged nonfiction debut ... [Her] searching spirit leaves readers with plenty to dig into." --Publishers Weekly
"Intuitively arranged. ...The complexity and breadth of Dark Tourist complements Sirisena's own take on meaning-making and art. ... [It] works as a collection not because of its tight cohesion but because of its moments of rupture and surprise." --Ilana Masad, BOMB
"Hasanthika Sirisena does what I love most as a reader of nonfiction--she challenges, disrupts, and reinvents the form. This astute book knits seemingly disparate events of the personal, political, and cultural persuasion into a cohesive quilt. An insightful storyteller who examines disability, queerness, her Sinhalese roots, as well as 'great love under duress, ' Sirisena is also a critic at heart who scrupulously dissects political upheaval." --Anjali Enjeti, The Millions