Longlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature


 A luminous novel, enchanting from beginning to end.’

‘An impressive exploration of traumatic loss, done with delicacy.’

‘Powerful, tender and moving.’



‘An extraordinary novel of a country trying to come to its senses, to see and hear the thousands ‘disappeared’ by political conflict and environmental catastrophe. Minoli Salgado’s delicate, determined lyricism compels us to think of Sri Lanka’s missing and the silenced, always conscious of the formidable challenges of reading and writing about those displaced from us by time and tide. The result is a literary latticework of remarkable craft and subtlety that brings into focus Sri Lanka’s troubled past while shaping a necessary ethical response upon which the future might depend.’

Professor John McLeod, University of Leeds


‘For much too long, the literature of Sri Lanka has been overshadowed by that of its larger, more boisterous cousin India. But in Minoli Salgado’s wonderful book, Sri Lanka comes alive not only as a place of mythology, tragedies, both human and natural, but as a land of dreams and of a people whose resilient spirit has a Chekhovian beauty. Like Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost, Salgado’s work is an example of how we make literature out of the fire of near extinction. Her prose has the sublime beauty of a well- polished heirloom; something to be treasured.’

Syl Cheney-Coker


‘A Little Dust on the Eyes is a ​luminous novel, enchanting from beginning to end. Minoli Salgado is a splendid writer​ who transcends culture and nationality and speaks to the universal human condition.​’

Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner


‘It is a great book – a wonderful elegy to a childhood and country lost.​’

Susheila Nasta MBE


A Little Dust on the Eyes is an extraordinary achievement, taking the reader into the multi-layered world of a Sri Lankan coastal community, a world where too many of the terrible events which happened during the Civil War can be still too raw, painful, and dangerous to acknowledge. Salgado’s evocation of this world and her characters is tender and compassionate, yet vivid, as we experience the tentative reunion of two cousins in the weeks preceding the Boxing Day Tsunami and its devastation.’

Lyn Innes, Emeritus Professor, University of Kent


Some online reviews can be seen here and here.