|Author Name||K. Jayatilake|
|Description||...K. Jayatilake was born on 27th June 1926 in a small village called Kannimahara in Colombo District. (Now Gampaha District) He had his early and secondary education in the village school. While employed in Colombo, he continued his education and obtained B.A. (Hons.) degree from the University of London.
Jayatilake first book was a work on literary criticism published in 1953. This was a complete failure but the next book, a collection of short stories called Punarutpattiya (Rebirth) published two years later was a resounding success. A few years later, with the publication of his first novel Parajithayo (The vanquished) he seems to have carved a permanent witch in field of literature. So far he has authored over sixty books including 17 novels, 7 collections of short stories, 12 children's books and a number of other books on a variety of subjects.
In 1966, he won a prestigious UNESCO fellowship to meet his counterparts around the world and to discuss common problems. On this trip he visited France, England, U.S.A. and Japan and met some of the world literary celebrities and had exchanged each other’s views.
Jayatilake has won the State Literary Award seven times for his novels, children's books and works on literary criticism. He was also awarded the only other recognized literary prize at the time viz Don Pedrick Literary Prize for his masterpiece, Charitha Thunak. (Translated into English twice under the names of The Grain and the Chaff and Three Characters) This book in widely used in schools and the universities and has been translated into Tamil too and published in India. It was made in to a teledrama and telecast several times over the national television.
In addition to two other novels Punchirala, The Death of Punchirala all his children's books have been translated into English and had been very popular. One of these books has been translated into German by the late well-known writer Willie Menick and published in Berlin. Number of his short stories has been included in the general readers used in schools.
Jayatilake is also widely read man. He has attended International Writers’ Conferences had in Bangkok, New Delhi, Beirut, Tashkent, Bread loaf (U.S.A.), Alma Ata (U.S.S.R), Bangalore, Tokyo, Canton, Shanghai, Tunis, Washington and Islamabad and made useful contributions.
His latest book is Buddha Charithayen ‘Buddha’ Chatirtayata (The life of Buddha in transition), a critical examination of life of Buddha as portrayed by the commentators