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Select page numbers to listen or LCCN to display the bibliographic record. These recordings were made in the field and audio quality may vary.

Readings:

  1. Du fragst mich, warum ich Gedichte schreibe = You ask me why I write poems.
    Augsburg: Maro-Verlag, 2000
    ( LC has not acquired this title)
    • "You ask me why I write poems"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 71-74
  2. Against eternity and darkness.
    [Colombo?] English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 85903903; LC has different edition)
    • "Holocaust 1944 to my mother"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 40
    • "You, father"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 65
    • "At what dark point"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 44-45
    • "Well, I'm sorry"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 52
    • "Auschwitz from Colombo"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 64
  3. Not even shadows.
    [Colombo?] : English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 88904670; LC has different edition)
    • "Not even shadows"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 22
    • "Origami"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 21
    • "The is no longer a need"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 96
    • "Leaves are black"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 65
    • "A kind of Love Poem"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 90
    • "Trilogy-Sep/Oct/Nov"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 34-35
  4. Against eternity and darkness.
    [Colombo?] English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 85903903; LC has different edition)
    • "I had expected tears"(Renuka's departure)
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 76
    • "An unemotional departure"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 81
    • "A letter to my daughter"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 72
    • "Contradiction"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 97
  5. Mascot and symbol.
    [Colombo?] English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 1997
    (Not acquired by LC)
    • "For Rosemary"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 2
  6. Sunday Island newspaper
  7. Against eternity and darkness.
    [Colombo?] English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 85903903; LC has different edition)
  8. Not even shadows.
    [Colombo?] : English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 88904670; LC has different edition)
    • "Atteriya"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 18
    • "I wonder whether they know joy"
      MP3 excerpt:
      [Excerpts]
  9. Against eternity and darkness.
    [Colombo?] English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 85903903; LC has different edition)
    • "Polonnaruwa"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 2
    • "Hot Season"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 4
    • "Don't cry"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 82
    • "The night of the tropical storm"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 3
    • "Museum piece"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 6-7
    • "The Fiddler of Kollupitiya"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 17
    • "Four things"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 88
    • "The face of God"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 26
    • "The silence of the snake"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 36
    • "Fear grows like a cactus"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 62
    • "On the beach"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 38
    • "Insurgency 1971"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 47
    • "Sinhala new year 1971"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 49
    • "A happy new year"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 58
    • "July 1983"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 46
  10. Not even shadows.
    [Colombo?] : English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka, 2000
    (LCCN: 88904670; LC has different edition)
    • "Landscapes"
      MP3 excerpt: pp. 32

Anne Ranasinghe, born on October 2, 1925 as Anneliese Katz in Essen, Germany, is an internationally renowned poet from Sri Lanka. Escaping from Nazi Germany to England, she married a Sri Lankan professor and became a citizen of Sri Lanka in 1956. Her first collection of poems, And the Sun That Sucks The Earth to Dry, was published in 1971. Although primarily a poet, she has also published short stories, essays, and translations. Her works have been broadcast on radio and published in seventeen countries and translated into nine languages.

Drawing from her own life experiences, her writing has been described as "vibrantly sensuous or stark and deeply moving." The Holocaust is a recurring theme in Anne Ranasinghe's poetry and is contrasted with Sri Lanka's violent past as in "July 1983." Themes of alienation and minority persecution are found in many of her poems.

Anne Ranasinghe has won numerous local and international awards for her writing including the Sri Lanka Arts Council Prize for Poetry 1985 and 1992 and non-fiction in 1987. In 1994, she won the Sri Lanka Literary Award for best collection of short stories.

She is a founding member of the English Writers' Cooperative of Sri Lanka and regular editor of its journal, Channels. Her name has been included in the Oxford Companion to Twentieth Century Poetry (Oxford & New York: Oxford, 1994).

The Library of Congress has seven works by her.

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