Ethnograph Museum – Notes

Series nameThe Sandglass

Gunesekera frequently conducts research in order to detail the subject matter in his fiction. These handwritten notes were made at the Ethnograph Museum for Gunesekera’s work on the novel “The Sandglass”. The notes contain quotes from articles describing how glass was first made and are taken from three articles, which include “Instructions for making middle Baylonian glass – 1600 BC” and from articles about the environment in the 1st Century BC, in Natural History Journals.

Date of Creation / Publication1997
CreatorGunesekera, Romesh
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberRomesh Gunesekera Collection (GB 2661 RG)
Catalogue NumberRG/SN/SG/2
CopyrightThe Creator and/ or the associated
Access to originalsThe originals are located with Romesh Gunesekera
Series notesThe Sandglass was published in 1998 and is Romesh Gunesekera's third publication from Granta Books. The novel is set in London and Sri Lanka and tells the moving tale of two feuding families. The Sandglass tells of the life of Prins Ducal and his search for answers about his family's past, including his father's rise to wealth, rivalry with the Vatunas family, and a suspicious death - a mystery that further unfolds upon Prins's arrival in London for his mother's funeral. The digitised items in this file include the author's handwritten notes and excerpts of draft manuscripts.

Collection notesThe Romesh Gunesekera Collection contains digital extracts of his short stories and novels, as well as several poems. The material also includes photographs, handwritten detailed research notes, and annotated manuscripts.