Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize, and winner of the 2018 Golden Man Booker, a special one-off award to crown the best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize, selected by five judges and then voted for by the publicAn international bestsellerAdapted into a film by Anthony Minghella, starring Kristen Scott-Thomas and Ralph Fiennes, which won nine Academy AwardsMichael Ondaatje is the author of several novels, as well as a memoir, a non-fiction book on film, and several books of poetry. Among his many Canadian and international recognitions, his novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize and the 2018 Golden Man Booker Prize, and was adapted into a multi-award-winning Oscar movie; and Anil's Ghost won the Giller Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto.WINNER OF THE GOLDEN MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018 'Magnificent' Sunday Times 'The best piece of fiction I've read in years' Independent on Sunday The final curtain is closing on the Second World War and in an abandoned Italian village. Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient. Rescued from a burning plane, the anonymous Englishman is damaged beyond recognition and haunted by painful memories. The only clue Hana has to unlocking his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes detailing a tragic love affair.WINNER OF THE GOLDEN MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018The English Patient wears the triple crown: it is profound, beautiful and heart-quickeningAll the allure of early twentieth-century desert exploration is contained in Ondaatje's beautiful, spare narrative . A wise and graceful book about history itself, both the events that are its raw material and the human values that shape itLanguage of such riveting beauty that one is made to stop and stareOne of the most innovative and liberating writers of our timeThe best piece of fiction in English I've read in yearsOndaatje has now written the extraordinary novel we have been awaiting from him: The English Patient is a masterpieceAn extraordinary novel-poetic, philosophical, moving . The English Patient has such a strange beauty that it requires and repays a reader's act of faith. It is such a thought-provoking piece of writing that one if forced to consider its achievementAn exotic, consuming and richly inspired novel of passion. In its elegance and its satisfactions it resembles no book I knowFeats of daring espionage, aeroplanes mysteriously buried beneath desert sand, archaeological exploration in the Sahara and nail-biting accounts of bomb-disposal against a nervous clock . this is the real thing: muscular, resonant, aliveIn descriptive prose of spectacular beauty, he invents a desert world which is both physical and imaginative. This is one of the few truly great post-war novelsA magic carpet of a novel that soars across worlds and times . As rare and spellbinding net of dreams as any that has emerged in recent yearsIn this masterful novel Ondaatje weaves a beautiful and light-handed prose through the histories of people caught up in love and war. A rich and compelling work of fictionOndaatje is one of North America's finest novelists . the spell of his haunted villa remains with us, inviting us to reread passages for the pure pleasures of being thereA tale of many pleasures--an intensely theatrical tour de force but grounded in Michael Ondaatje's strong feeling for distant times and placesIt is an adventure, mystery, romance, and philosophical novel in one ... Michael Ondaatje is a novelist with the heart of a poetSensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic, it transports the reader to another world . Ondaatje's most probing examination yet of the nature of identityA novel so compelling that you will likely read it as I did, in a single sitting. But it's also one of those rare novels with so much poetry and lucidity that you will find yourself reading it a second and third time, savouring it beauty and intelligence for weeks . The English Patient is simply one of the best novels I have read in yearsThe international bestseller and winner of the 1992 Booker Prize
Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Toronto. The English Patient won the Booker Prize in 1992 and was made into an Oscar-winning film directed by Anthony Minghella.