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The English Patient

By (author) Michael Ondaatje

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The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal. The only clue Hana has to 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 describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 240g
  • 02 Aug 2004
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747572593
  • 9780747572596
  • 8,115

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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.

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'One of the most innovative and liberating writers of our time' Guardian 'Magnificent ... A wise and graceful book about history itself' Sunday Times 'The best piece of fiction in English I've read in years' Independent on Sunday 'Ondaatje has now written the extraordinary novel we have been awaiting from him: THE ENGLISH PATIENT is a masterpiece' Financial Times

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