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Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje Returns to Sri Lanka in His Newest Novel.

Writer Michael Ondaatje. His new novel is “Anil’s Ghost” (Knopf), set in Sri Lanka, where Ondaatje was born. The story is about a forensic anthropologist who is working in Sri Lanka during the ethnic wars of the late 1980s and early 90s. This is his first novel since “The English Patient,” which won the Booker Prize. Ondaatje is also a poet. His books of poetry include “The Cinnamon Peeler” and “Handwriting.” He lives in Canada.


Poet and Novelist Michael Ondaatje.

Poet and novelist Michael Ondaatje (on-DAH-chay). He won Britain's highest literary prize, the Booker Prize, for his novel set in post World War II, "The English Patient," which was made into a film. Ondaatje was born in Cylon (now Sri Lanka), emigrated to England, and now lives in Canada. He has a new book of poetry, "Handwriting" (Knopf)


Two Versions of "The English Patient"

Novelist Michael Ondaatje and film director Anthony Minghella talk about the film "The English Patient." It has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards including Best Picture. Odaatje wrote the novel the original novel. The book which won him Britain's highest literary prize, the Booker Prize.

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