Fragments and Figments

A collection of more than 60 biographical sketches, reviews, and essays on the arts. Compact, concise, and aimed especially at those interested in the cultural landscape of Sri Lanka and South Asia.

“Going through these essays it occurred to me that such collections are usually gathered towards the tail end of a journalist’s career or, more typically, after retirement. One reason is that journalism is a 24/7 affair and as such the space and freedom for collation, editing, and reflection are hard to find. Uditha is not hot on news. It’s not that he cannot, but as he has argued, ‘there are so many stories to write that have not got written and may never get written if we don’t write them right now.’ Plus, his productivity. These give him an edge in the exercise of putting together a collection such as this.”

Malinda Seneviratne