Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka

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List of notable or famous novelists from Sri Lanka, with bios and photos, including the top novelists born in Sri Lanka and even some popular novelists who immigrated to Sri Lanka. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Sri Lankan novelists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These novelists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known novelist from Sri Lanka is included when available.

List features Arthur C. Clarke, Shyam Selvadurai and more.

This historic novelists from Sri Lanka list can help answer the questions "Who are some Sri Lankan novelists of note?" and "Who are the most famous novelists from Sri Lanka?" These prominent novelists of Sri Lanka may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Sri Lankan novelists.

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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke, CBE, FRAS was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He is perhaps most famous for being co-writer of the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, widely considered to be one of the most ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead
    • Profession: Novelist, Inventor, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010, The Colours of Infinity, Childhood's End
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    Ediriweera Sarachchandra is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Ediriweera Sarachchandra was an Sri Lankan playwright, novelist, poet, literary critic, essayist and social commentator. Considered Sri Lanka's premier playwright, he was a senior lecturer at the University of Peradeniya for many years and served as Sri Lankan Ambassador to France. more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1914-1996)
    • Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Professor, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
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    Gunathilake Bandara Senanayake was a prominent Sinhala writer who portrayed Sinhala middle-class life in his novels. He is credited with introducing free verse poetry to Sinhala. He became blind later in his life and still managed to write 16 books with help from his sister. The second stage of Sinhala ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1913-1985)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
    • Credits: The Treasure
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    Martin Wickramasinghe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Martin Wickramasinghe, MBE was a Sri Lankan novelist. His books have been translated into several languages. The search for roots is a central theme in Wickramasinghe's writings on the culture and life of the people of Sri Lanka. His work explored and applied modern knowledge in natural and social ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
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    Rajiva Wijesinha is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Rajiva Wijesinha, MA, DPhil is a Sri Lankan writer in English, distinguished for his political analysis as well as creative and critical work. An academic by profession for much of his working career, he was most recently Senior Professor of Languages at the University of Sabaragamuwa, Sri Lanka. In ...more

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    • Age: 61
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Politician, Professor, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Shyam Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Shyam Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan Canadian novelist who wrote Funny Boy, which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Cinnamon Gardens. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner Andrew Champion. Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to a Sinhalese mother and a Tamil father—members of ...more

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    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
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    Simon Navagattegama is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Simon Navagattegama [also spelled Nawagattegama] was a Sinhala novelist, Sinhala Radio Play writer, playwright and actor. more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1940-2005)
    • Birthplace: Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Novelist, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Third Part of the Night, The City, Suddilage Kathaawa
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    Siri Gunasinghe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Novelists from Sri Lanka
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    Siri Gunasinghe is a sanskritist, art historian, premier Sinhalese poet, novelist, literary critic and film maker. more

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    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Galle, Sri Lanka
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Film Director
    • Credits: Sath Samudura
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