Zillij is a collection of short stories addressing and revolving around the question of identity, within an essentially Sri Lankan context.
Zillij is the captivating Islamic traditional art of creating intricate mosaic design using hand-cut tiles.
While most of this volume reflects aspects of Sri Lanka's ethnic and socio-economic struggles, these stories are not merely 'about' Sri Lanka.
Winner of the State Literary Award for Best Short Stories
Author, Publisher Ameena Hussein has two collections of short stories to her name – Zillij which won State Literary Award and Fifteen which was shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize. Her novel Moon in the Water was long listed for both the Man Asian Prize and the Dublin IMPAC Award. She has numerous published essays and has compiled three collections of stories for children which are approved by the Ministry of Education for School Libraries: Milk Rice 1, Milk Rice 2 and The Vampire Umpire. She also compiled a collection of 'naughty stories' for an adult readership titled Blue.