I don’t think you can call me a child soldier, because I wanted to join the movement,” Shobasakthi told me once. That movement was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. His first novel, translated and published in English as Gorilla (2001; 2008), was based on his teenage exploits, an exercise in auto-fiction as he termed it. The former guerilla is the real deal: idealist, soldier, refugee, writer and, now, actor, a man of parts hard to define in one sentence. He took