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The glittering literati at Sri Lanka’s Galle festival

By A S H Smyth  

Frayn: attending Galle this year

Thursday: three hours down to Galle with Pradeep Jeganathan, noted anthropologist, shortlisted short-story writer, and member of my “post-war literary” panel. Started Out of Sheer Rage, which is the Tristram Shandy of literary criticism inasmuch as, halfway through, the subject—Geoff Dyer’s proposed study of DH Lawrence—is still “not yet born.”

Woke this morning (Friday) in agony, on the floor of Ru Freeman’s hotel room. Apart from a shared lift yesterday evening, Ru Freeman does not know me from…

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