After The Wave

A selection of pieces by five writers living in the countries affected by last year's tsunami.


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AR01Two And A Half Words20051212

By Amitav Ghosh

The internationally renowned Calcutta-born novelist and journalist gives a moving account of the journey he made to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the wake of the disaster, in the company of a famous film star who reveals an unexpected private side, and a man he calls simply The Director, who is searching with increasing desperation for his wife and daughter.

Read by Sam Dastor


By Nihal de Silva

Four months have passed since the menacing wave washed away Simon and Susan's belongings from their Sri Lankan hotel.

A return trip to thank embassy staff and friends leads them back to Chaya, the waitress who took them in following their ordeal.

Their meeting is unsettling.

Read by Paul Bhattacharjee.

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AR03Lek And Mrs Miller20051214

By Tew Bunnag.

An idyllic beach in Phuket is the setting for a brief moment of comfort between a young Thai hotel worker and an English visitor.

A wordless exchange brings understanding in the face of unbearable loss.

Read by Jamie Zubairi.

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AR04Tears Of A Coffin Maker20051215

By Lal Medewattegedera.

When the first wave struck, the authorities, fearing the devastation that would follow subsequent waves, released inmates held in a prison in the coastal town of Matara in southern Sri Lanka.

This extraordinary event provides the backdrop to this moving story where a prisoner helps a stranger look for his missing wife.

Read by Shiv Grewal

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AR05 LASTRelief20051216

By Rattawut Lapcharoensap.

A bold challenge to our preconceptions from one of this year's most acclaimed new talents, who explores the shifting and ambiguous relationship between victims of disaster and those who bring aid.

Read by Mark Meadows.