A Nice Burgher Girl

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Jean Arasanayagam, a Sri Lankan writer of Dutch Burgher origin, traces her saga journey from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood and beyond. A Nice Burgher Girl is a quest for an identity which is part of her inheritance, creating form out of the complex kaleidoscopic patternings of connections and interconnections. Her search is also embodies in her poetry and fiction. Of her writings she says: “There are many facets to an identity which I relentlessly explore and scrutinize against a background of colonialism, post-colonialism and post-post-colonialism, yet I am always conscious of Home and Roots in the Island if my birth. I belong here.”