Metamorphosis and Hourglass – Notes

Series nameThe Sandglass

Gunesekera’s research notes on the metamorphosis of sand into glass and the concept of time are handwritten on this index card. The brief notes detail the symbolic meaning of grains of sand within glass, the function of an hourglass, and the relativity of time. This piece of research was conducted in May 1997 for Gunesekera’s novel ‘The Sandglass’ which was published in 1998.

Date of Creation / Publication1997
CreatorGunesekera, Romesh
Associated Person/ Organisation
Collection and Reference NumberRomesh Gunesekera Collection (GB 2661 RG)
Catalogue NumberRG/SN/SG/3
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.