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Michael Ondaatje
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Michael Ondaatje is the author of five previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. The English Patient won the Booker Prize; Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje now lives in Toronto.

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Tay John

Written by Howard O'Hagan
Afterword by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
On Sale: March 1, 1989
Price: $12.95

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Anil's Ghost
A Novel
Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 24, 2001
Price: $15.95

With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Booker Prize—winning author Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth that we have come to know as the hallmarks of his writing.

Anil’s Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka... Read more >

Anil's Ghost

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 10, 2001
Price: $11.99

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The Cat's Table

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 12, 2012
Price: $15.00

In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the “cat’s table”—as far from the Captain’s Table as can be—with a ragtag group of “insignificant” adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship crosses the Indian... Read more >

The Cat's Table

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Cinnamon Peeler
Selected Poems
Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 28, 1997
Price: $15.00

The poems that have been brought together in this electrifying volume are stylish, yet endlessly surprising explorations of friendship and passion, family history and personal mythology. Spanning twenty-seven years and representing the best poems from Ondaatje's hard-to-find earlier collections, The Cinnamon Peeler is a masterpiece of intelligence and ardor, informed by... Read more >
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The Cinnamon Peeler

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 20, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Collected Works of Billy the Kid

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $14.00

Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje's visionary novel traces the legendary outlaw's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso... Read more >
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Coming Through Slaughter

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 19, 1996
Price: $15.00

Bringing to life the fabulous, colorful panorama of New Orleans in the first flush of the jazz era, this book tells the story of Buddy Bolden, the first of the great trumpet players--some say the originator of jazz--who was, in any case, the genius, the guiding spirit, and the king of... Read more >
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Coming Through Slaughter

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 23, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Conversations
Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 5, 2004
Price: $22.00

The Conversations is essential for any lover or student of film, and a rare, intimate glimpse into the worlds of two accomplished artists who share a great passion for film and storytelling, and whose knowledge and love of the crafts of writing and film shine through.

It was on the set of... Read more >

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Divisadero

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 22, 2008
Price: $15.00

From the celebrated author of The English Patient and In the Skin of a Lion comes a remarkable new novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time.

In the 1970s in Northern California, near Gold Rush country, a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm... Read more >
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Divisadero

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $11.99

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The English Patient

Written by Michael Ondaatje
Introduction by Pico Iyer


Format: Hardcover, 296 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $24.95

Michael Ondaatje’s Booker Prize–winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war. Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kip—each is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man... Read more >

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The English Patient

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $15.95

Winner of the Booker Prize

With ravishing beauty and unsettling intelligence, The English Patientl traces the  intersection of four damaged lives in an Italian villa at the end of World War II. Hana, the exhausted nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the wary sapper, Kip: each is haunted by the riddle of the English... Read more >

The English Patient

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2011
Price: $11.99

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From Ink Lake
Canadian Stories Selected By Michael Ondaatje
Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: October 3, 1995
Price: $22.95

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Handwriting
Poems
Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2000
Price: $14.00

Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. It is a collection of exquisitely crafted poems of delicacy and power--poems about love, landscape, and the sweep of history set in the poet's first home, Sri Lanka. The falling away of culture is juxtaposed with an individual's... Read more >
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Handwriting

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 2011
Price: $11.99

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In the Skin of a Lion

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 14, 1997
Price: $15.00

Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters... Read more >
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In the Skin of a Lion

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: eBook, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 6, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Lost Classics
Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission
Edited by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2001
Price: $13.00

Seventy-four distinguished writers tell personal tales of books loved and lost–great books overlooked, under-read, out of print, stolen, scorned, extinct, or otherwise out of commission.

Compiled by the editors of Brick: A Literary Magazine, Lost Classics is a reader’s delight: an intriguing and entertaining collection of eulogies for lost books. As the... Read more >
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Lost Classics
Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Ex tinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission
Edited by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding


Format: eBook, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 30, 2011
Price: $11.99

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Running in the Family

Written by Michael Ondaatje


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 30, 1993
Price: $15.00

Ondaatje, the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient, was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) to a privileged, highly eccentric family of mixed Dutch, Sinhalese, and Tamil ancestry.  His parents separated, and he left Ceylon when he was eleven, eventually settling in Canada.  In this book, he describes returning, almost twenty-five years... Read more >
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