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Shehan Karunatilaka in numbers

7

The number of years it took Shehan Karunatilaka to write Seven Moons

26

Years; the length of the Sri Lankan Civil War, against which the book is set

35

The age of Maali, the protagonist of Seven Moons, when he is murdered

386

The number of pages in Seven Moons

89

1989; the year in which Seven Moons is set

47

Karunatilaka’s age at the time of winning The Booker Prize 2022

5

The age when the author discovered he loved writing, thanks to Sesame Street and some crayons

32

The number of unfinished novels Karunatilaka is said to have written

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