Michael Ondaatje

 

Michael Ondaatje’s work combines the factual and the imaginary, poetry and prose. His longer narrative works, often based on the unorthodox lives of real people, may contain documentary as well as fictional elements. Ondaatje’s imagery is characterized by its preoccupation with multiculturalism; its gravitation towards the bizarre, the exaggerated, and the unlikely; its fascination with the secret codes of violence in both personal and political life; and with its continued delving into the world of movies, jazz and friendship. His work is also notable for its cinematic qualities in its frequent use of montage techniques and its spare dramatic dialogue.

A five time winner of the Governor General’s Award, Ondaatje has also won the Giller Prize, the Booker Prize, and the Prix Médicis étranger, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, making him, along with Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, one of Canada’s most celebrated living authors.

Source: Canadian Encyclopedia

The English Patient was written by Michael Ondaatje. It was published in 1992.

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