Author(s): Michael Ondaatje
With unsettling beauty and intelligence, this Golden Man 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 that his hands are hopelessly maimed. The Indian sapper Kip searches for hidden bombs in a landscape where nothing is safe but himself. And at the center of his labyrinth lies the English patient, nameless and hideously burned, a man who is both a riddle and a provocation to his companions--and whose memories of suffering, rescue, and betrayal illuminate this book like flashes of heat lightning.
A beautiful new limited edition paperback of The English Patient, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list
Profound, beautiful and heart-quickening * Toni Morrison * Masterful ... A rich and compelling work of fiction * Don DeLillo * One of the most innovative and liberating writers of our time * Guardian * Magnificent ... A wise and graceful book about history itself * Sunday Times *
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.