The English Patient

The English Patient

By (author) Michael Ondaatje


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Hana, a Canadian nurse, exhausted by death, and grieving for her own dead father; the maimed thief-turned-Allied-agent, Caravaggio; Kip, the emotionally detached Indian sapper - each is haunted in different ways by the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies in an upstairs room. His extraordinary knowledge and morphine-induced memories - of the North African desert, of explorers and tribes, of history and cartography; and also of forbidden love, suffering and betrayal - illuminate the story, and leave all the characters forever changed.

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  • Hardback | 263 pages
  • 130 x 208 x 24mm | 381.02g
  • 30 Sep 2011
  • Everyman
  • London
  • English
  • 1841593397
  • 9781841593395
  • 115,758

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Michael Ondaatje was born in Sri Lanka in 1943. In the 1950s he moved to England, and went to school in south London. In 1962 he emigrated to Canada, where he has lived ever since. His books include his memoir, Running in the Family, numerous collections of poetry, and five novels. Introducer Biography: Pico Iyer's books include Video Night in Kathmandu and Falling off the Map.

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"A rare and spellbinding web of dreams." --"Time""Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic . . . It transports the reader to another world." "--San Francisco Chronicle"

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