This review was originally published in the Sunday Times In a casual conversation in 2019, Ameena Hussein told me that she was writing a book on Ibn Battuta, the well-known Moroccan traveller and scholar of Islam who lived between 1304 and 1369. I was intrigued by how Hussein, a formally… Read More »Ibn Battuta in Sri Lanka: Review by Sasanka Perera
Watch Ameena Hussein deliver her presentation on Ibn Battuta’s travels in Sri Lanka, and her journey in uncovering the history of that period of time
Catch Ameena Hussein giving a presentation on Ibn Battuta in Sri Lanka on the Lahore Literature Festival’s facebook page, today the 9th of July, at 7:30pm local time! The livestream can be found here
A brand new historical novel by Premini Amerasinghe, now available at Perera Hussein! A compelling story of adventure, love, and starting anew in Dutch Ceylon. The year was 1760, I would like to think it was a cloudless day in June, when Jan disembarked at Galle, the southernmost port in… Read More »Footprints: New From Perera Hussein!
Dive into a world of stories – fearless, honest, and startlingly vivid. Having enjoyed the wedding to the fullest, my mother boasted so much about the wealth and the classiness of her cousins and the details of how they had thrown the party. It seemed that champagne was flowing across… Read More »The Good for Nothing: New from Perera Hussein
New stocks of Sathis de Mel’s just-released collection of short stories, The Good for Nothing, have just arrived at the Perera Hussein office, along with the reprint of Stay, Daughter by Yasmin Azad. Both titles are available now at www.pererahussein.com! Get your copy today!
L.T.P. Manjusri was an internationally renowned artist whose contribution to Sri Lankan art is invaluable. A founding member of the famous ’43 Group, he went on to exhibit his art in various countries, and was associated with many famous artists of his time. Not limited to classical painting of the… Read More »L. T. P. Manjusri – Artist and Scholar
This review was originally published by Naina Bajekal writing for TIME Magazine Partway through Anuradha Roy’s All the Lives We Never Lived, the German artist Walter Spies makes the case for simply enjoying life in India amid the global upheaval of the 1930s. “We are oceans away from all that,” he… Read More »All The Lives We Never Lived: Review by TIME Magazine
Renowned Anthropologist Gananath Obeyesekere’s vivid portrait of the Kandyan Kingdom, The Many Faces of the Kandyan Kingdom, and a collection of letters by C. Suntharalingam, member of independent Ceylon’s first cabinet of Ministers, Grandfather’s Letters. Both are valuable insights into major chapters in the history of Sri Lanka. Now available… Read More »Two books that detail important chapters in Sri Lanka’s history
This review was originally published on Kirkus Reviews Strict traditions face encroaching modernity in this memoir of a Muslim girl. The author was a jeweler’s daughter in Ceylon, now known as Sri Lanka, in the community of Galle Fort—at first blush, a traditional Muslim neighborhood. But in the 1950s, things… Read More »Stay, Daughter – Review on Kirkus Reviews