Perhaps for the first time in the world, a Sri Lankan publisher is offering a reward to provide the ending to an unfinished novel. Author Nihal de Silva was working on his new novel Arathi when he was killed in a terrorist landmine explosion in Sri Lanka three years ago.
Publisher Vijitha Yapa has now published the unfinished novel and is offering a reward of £500 in a competition being held where anyone who provides a satisfactory ending will be rewarded. The unfinished book has been published and will be launched at the London Book Fair at the Sri Lanka Books Stall on Monday, April 19.
The novel is woven around a gamut of tenders, the underworld, arms dealing, betrayals and murder. It was left unfinished just as another unfinished murder mystery of the past, The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens. Supplying a conclusion to the famous predecessor has occupied writers from the time of Dickens's death to the present day.
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