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Plastic Emotions by Shiromi Pinto

“We architects must be idealists. We construct not just individual buildings, but whole cities. We plan cities, and in doing so, change lives.”

Plastic Emotions is a novel based on the true life story of Minnette de Silva –forgotten feminist icon and the first female Sri Lankan architect. In a gripping and lyrical story, Shiromi Pinto paints a complex picture of de Silva, charting her affair with infamous Swiss modernist Le Corbusier and her efforts to build a post-independence Sri Lanka that is heading towards political and religious turmoil.

Moving between London, Chandigarth, Colombo, Paris and Kandy, at a time of communal violence in Sri Lanka, the rise of the civil war, and troubles with building a brand new city in north India, Plastic Emotions explores the life of a young, trailblazing south Asian woman at a time of great political turbulence across the globe.

“An audacious writer who rises above the predictable” - The Independent


About the Author

Shiromi Pinto's debut, Trussed, was published by Serpent’s Tail in 2006. She has written short stories for BBC Radio 4, the Victoria & Albert Museum and opendemocracy.net. Born in London and raised in Montreal, she works full-time at Amnesty International in London. 


Paperback ISBN: 978-1-910312-31-5

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-910312-32-2

Publication date: May 2019

Formats: Paperback / eBook