Client Tara Books
Design Rathna Ramanathan
The Boy Who Speaks in Numbers is a darkly satiric account of childhood in times of war. Set in Sri Lanka, the events it narrates could equally happen elsewhere - in all places where human deaths are reduced to numbers, and where guns do not differentiate between adults and children.
Mike Masilamani’s ironic narrative centres on an unnamed boy who is more at home with numbers rather than words. Along with a constantly chattering, and prophetic, cow he bears witness to a bizarre and violent time.