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A Little Dust on the Eyes

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
It is the late 1980s in southern Sri Lanka and Bradley Sirisena’s father is abducted and tortured during the violent struggle for power between the state and local insurgents. Savi, a Sri Lankan research student long settled in the UK, has lost her way in both her thesis and her life, when she receives a wedding invitation from the uncle she would rather ignore. Meanwhile ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Peepal Tree Press Ltd. (first published October 10th 2014)
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Hugh
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This rather wonderful novel has very few reviews here, so I suspect that not many people knew about it when it was first published in 2014. Minoli Salgado, who lives in England, has Sri Lankan ancestry and was born in Malaysia, came to my attention when her short story collection Broken Jaw was deservedly shortlisted for this year's Republic of Consciousness Prize. Like much of that collection this first novel makes poetic prose from tragic and violent events.

The story is in five parts. The fir
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Paul Fulcher
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Minoli Salgado first came to my attention when her excellent collection of stories, Broken Jaw, was shortlisted for the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize. However her novel, A Little Dust On the Eyes was published earlier: it won the inaugural SI Leeds Literary Prize in 2012, a biennial prize for unpublished fiction by UK Black and Asian women, and was subsequently published by Peepal Tree Press. Broken Jaw was actually longlisted for the Prize in the same year.

Salgado, who also lives in the
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Philippa St
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
‘A Little Dust on the Eyes’ is an extraordinary novel. The blurb describes it as ‘haunting and richly textured’ and so it is. The writing is very visual – images have stayed with me, like the one from the first page where one of the protagonists of the novel, Savi, watches a friend walk away with her child, ‘the pale face of the child, slumped over Hannah’s shoulder, and the small star of her hand as she waved goodbye.’ It is haunting too in the losses it describes. Savi has lost both parents an ...more
John Masterson
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a captivating reading experience from start to finish. As a fan of Michael Ondaatje's work, I found A Little Dust on the Eyes an intriguing counterpoint to Anil's Ghost. Like Ondaatje, Salgado is preoccupied with the entanglements of love, loss, trauma, nation and memory. A Little Dust on the Eyes' treatment of these concerns, however, has a singularity of style and eloquence of approach that sets it apart from many novels, debut or otherwise. From the first page to the last, I was stru ...more
Robyn Evans
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully realised exploration of departure, dislocation and return. Set during the Sri Lankan civil war, Minoli Salgado has managed to weave a very personal tale of childhood and memory, set against a backdrop of violence and distrust. Her writing is restrained and poetic, with each perfectly crafted sentence building towards a powerful conclusion. A highly recommended debut.
Sarah Bourne
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A captivating story that weaves the lives of a fractured family together, revealing their secrets slowly in exquisite language. I loved it and can't recommend it highly enough
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