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Anne Ranasinghe

Anne Ranasinghe

Jewish poet from Sri Lanka
Nurse, Journalist, Distinguished Poet and a Short Story Writer.

 

Anne Ranasinghe was born in Anneliese Katz in Essen in 1925. She was an only child; and witnessed 'Kristallnacht' ('the Night of Broken Glass'); the burning of the synagogue in Essen; her father's arrest and transportation to Dachau; and his subsequent return as a physical and mental wreck. In 1939, when Anne was 13, her parents sent her to England to escape the Nazis. She was met by an aunt she had never seen before, and within a week, was sent to a school 140 miles away to live among strangers and to learn a new language. Within six months, World War II broke out, and she became an enemy alien. Much later, Anne would learn that her parents and all of her relatives had been murdered by the Nazis.

Anne continued her education, became a Nursing Sister, and received a degree in Journalism. She married a Sinhalese Professor of the Colombo Medical Faculty, moved to Sri Lanka (where she is and has been the only resident Jew for the past forty years), raised a family, and began writing poems and prose in the early seventies.

In Sri Lanka she is considered one of the foremost poets writing in English. She has published nine books, has been translated into seven languages, and has won numerous prizes for her works.

She worked for 15 years as Executive Secretary for the Amnesty International South Asia Publication Service, situated in Colombo.

 

Online Resources

The Southern Asian Literary Recordings Project - The Library of Congress , New Delhi Office holds 7 of Anne Ranasinghe’s works with Realmedia extracts online.

Who's Who among South Asian Women - Anne Ranasinghe, Jewish Poet from Sri Lanka. By Anders Sjoebohm literary critic, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

Bibliography

Mascot and Symbol. 1997.
Desire and other Stories. 1994, reprint 1995.
You Ask Me Why I Write Poems. 1994.
The Letter and Other Stories. 1994.
At What Dark Point. 1991, reprinted and updated 1996.
Not Even Shadows. 1991.
Against Eternity and Darkness. 1985, reprinted 1985, 1988, 1996.
Of Charred Wood
Midnight Fear. 1983.
Love, Sex and Parenthood. 1978.
Plead Mercy. 1975.
With Words We Write Our Lives Past, Present, Future. 1972.
Poems - And a Sun That Sucks The Earth to Dry. 1971.

 




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