Widely acclaimed as one of the more modern of twentieth-century writers in Sinhala, Simon Navagaththegama’s work is so rich in content and lyrical rendering that he has been embraced by a wide range of literary and ideological schools. He acquainted himself with the larger global literature even as he reflected deeply on many philosophical traditions. His versatility is demonstrated in the ease with which he moved between genres. He was an excellent short story writer and an accomplished playwright. Some of his narratives were expressly political and show that he was a keen student of power relations and how they unfold in particular social and cultural contexts. He is best known, however, for his “hunter stories” where he explored deeply the human condition and the nature of human relations. His command of Sinhala allowed him to indulge in alluring descriptions whose poetic quality complemented the sobriety of his subject matter.
Malinda Seneviratne is a sociologist by training who was educated in Sri Lanka and the USA (Harvard University, University of Southern California, and Cornell University) and wandered into journalism by accident. As a freelance journalist he has written articles covering a wide range of subjects including international political economy, development, constitutional affairs, conflict resolution, political ecology, good governance, democracy, literature, and philosophy. His interest in literature, both English and Sinhala, and his command of both languages positions him uniquely in the Sri Lankan literary firmament. Four of his past works of poetry have been shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. He has also translated the biography of Martin Wickramasinghe, one of the foremost Sinhala literary figures of the twentieth century. His translation of Navagaththegama's “Sansaraaranyaye Dadayakkaraya” won him the H.A.I Gunatilleka Award offered by the Gratiaen Trust (2011). He is regularly featured on both radio and television talk shows on political affairs. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Nation (Sri Lanka).