A memoir written by Logathasan Tharmathurai

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The Story

In January 1985, at the age of eighteen, Das left his home in Sri Lanka in a desperate bid to build a new life for himself and his family abroad after a deeply traumatic encounter with a group of Sinhalese soldiers. As his terrifying and often astonishing journey unfolds, he finds himself in a refugee camp, being smuggled across international borders, living with drug dealers, imprisoned, traveled under assumed name and more.

Paperback, kindle and audiobook

A rare and frank exploration of the risks and compromises people are forced to make in search of sanctuary.


Bestselling author of The Boat People



  • Toronto Tamil Chair Event
    Sat., Dec. 14
    Mary Ward Catholic School
    Dec. 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Mary Ward Catholic School, 3200 Kennedy Road, Scarborough, Ontario
    Attending as one of the honoured guests
  • The Sadness of Geography: Featuring and Reading
    Sun., Sep. 29
    Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre
    Sep. 29, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
    Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, 1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2, Canada
  • The Sadness of Geography: The Word On The Street Festival
    Sep. 22, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
    Harbourfront Centre, 539 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3, Canada