Dark Tourist: Essays

Dark Tourist: Essays


arcs, , first-read, owned, Writing, Nonfiction

“Shimmers with honesty, vulnerability, and circumspection.” —Kirkus

Dark tourism—visiting sites of war, violence, and other traumas experienced by others—takes different forms in Hasanthika Sirisena’s stunning excavation of the unexpected places (and ways) in which personal identity and the riptides of history meet. The 1961 plane crash that left a nuclear warhead buried near her North Carolina hometown, juxtaposed with reflections on her father’s stroke. A visit to Jaffna in Sri Lanka—the country of her birth, yet where she is unmistakably a foreigner—to view sites from the recent civil war, already layered over with the narratives of the victors. A fraught memory of her time as a young art student in Chicago that is uneasily foundational to her bisexual, queer identity today. The ways that life-changing impairments following a severe eye injury have shaped her thinking about disability and self-worth. 
Deftly blending reportage, cultural criticism, and memoir, Sirisena pieces together facets of her own sometimes-fractured self to find wider resonances with the human universals of love, sex, family, and art—and with language’s ability to both fail and save us. Dark Tourist becomes then about finding a home, if not in the world, at least within the limitless expanse of the page.

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    Dark Tourist: Essays Reviews

  • Hasini | bibliosini

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to the author, Olivia Sergent & The Ohio State University Press for this free copy.Full r...

  • Pamela Scott

    https://thebookloversboudoir.wordpres...This is a new author for me. I don’t often read essays but have enjoyed them in the past so thought I’d give Dark Tourist a try. The blurb appealed to me. T...

  • Fon | movedbyprose

    dark tour·ism The act of travel to sites associated with death, suffering, and the seeming macabre. Dark Tourist is a collection of 11 essays in which Sirisena draws on her personal experiences* to...

  • Bekah

    Hasanthika Sirisena's "Dark Tourist: Essays" were shocking in how vulnerable and absolutely personal they were. I was astounded at the easy and free-flowing manner in which Sirisena speaks of her past...