Meena Sonea Hewett / Executive Director. Harvard South Asia Institute

The Vanni carefully conveys a narrative of violence through a non-violent medium that is accessible to all. Through creative images, authenticating life experiences, the novel is grounded in expert knowledge of first-hand witness to the Sri Lankan Civil War Legacy. The unusual way of presenting this story is a powerful educational tool, taking a difficult topic to teach and understand, and making it comprehensible to all audiences.