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Michael Ondaatje

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
New Canadian Library | Paperback | March 1989
$12.95/12.95(Canada) | 978-0-7710-9850-5 (0-7710-9850-2)

The awesome terrain of the Rocky Mountains is the setting for this extraordinary novel about a heroic man who boldly defies destiny. Tay John, a messianic halfbreed, is fated to lead his people to their Promised Land. In a rebellious act of will, he turns to the mountains to seek his... Read more






Anil's Ghost
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2001
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-375-72437-4 (0-375-72437-0)

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






The Cat's Table
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-74441-8 (0-307-74441-8)

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...

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The Cinnamon Peeler
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1997
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-77913-1 (0-679-77913-2)

Michael Ondaatje’s new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist. Read more






The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-679-76786-2 (0-679-76786-X)

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






Coming Through Slaughter
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1996
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-76785-5 (0-679-76785-1)

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






The Conversations
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Knopf | Trade Paperback | October 2004
$22.00/(Canada) | 978-0-375-70982-1 (0-375-70982-7)

The Conversations is a treasure, 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... Read more






Divisadero
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2008
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-307-27932-3 (0-307-27932-4)

From the celebrated author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a remarkable, intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young... Read more






The English Patient
Written by Michael Ondaatje, Introduction by Pico Iyer
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 2011
$24.95/(Canada) | 978-0-307-70087-2 (0-307-70087-9)

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






The English Patient
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1993
$15.95/(Canada) | 978-0-679-74520-4 (0-679-74520-3)

With unsettling beauty and intelligence, Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning novel traces the intersection of four damaged lives in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of World War II.The nurse Hana, exhausted by death, obsessively tends to her last surviving patient. Caravaggio, the thief, tries to reimagine who he is, now... Read more






From Ink Lake
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage Canada | Trade Paperback | October 1995
$22.95/24.95(Canada) | 978-0-394-28138-4 (0-394-28138-1)

This highly acclaimed anthology is an unexpected and discerning mix of traditional short stories and untraditional tales, as selected by one of Canada's most beloved writers, Michael Ondaatje. He has chosen 49 stories by a wide array of writers including Alistair MacLeod, Margaret Laurence, Carol Shields, Dionne Brand, Mavis Gallant, Stephen... Read more






Handwriting
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2000
$14.00/(Canada) | 978-0-375-70541-0 (0-375-70541-4)

"Tumultuous, vibrant, tragic and over too soon." --Newsday

Handwriting is Michael Ondaatje's first new book of poetry since The Cinnamon Peeler. The exquisite poems collected here draw on history, mythology, landscape, and personal memories to weave a rich tapestry of images that reveal the longing for--and expose the anguish over--lost loves, homes... Read more






In the Skin of a Lion
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 1997
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-77266-8 (0-679-77266-9)

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






Lost Classics
Edited by Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding and Linda Spalding
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$13.00/(Canada) | 978-0-385-72086-1 (0-385-72086-6)

An Anchor Books Original

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... Read more






Running in the Family
Written by Michael Ondaatje
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 1993
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-679-74669-0 (0-679-74669-2)

In the late 1970s Ondaatje returned to his native island of Sri Lanka. As he records his journey through the drug-like heat and intoxicating fragrances of that "pendant off the ear of India, " Ondaatje simultaneously retraces the baroque mythology of his Dutch-Ceylonese family. An inspired travel narrative and family memoir... Read more





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