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'English Patient' novelist Michael Ondaatje reads at UI April 14
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "English Patient" author Michael Ondaatje will
read from his work at 8 p.m. Monday, April 14, in Buchanan Auditorium of the
Pappajohn Business Administration Building on the campus of the University
of Iowa. The reading, sponsored by the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is free and
open to the public.
A Booker-Prize winning novelist, memoirist and poet, Ondaatje is also the
author of "In the Skin of a Lion," "Coming Through Slaughter,"
"The Collected Works of Billy the Kid," and the memoir "Running
in the Family." Published collections of his poetry include "The
Cinnamon Peeler: Selected Poems," "Secular Love," "The
Man With Seven Toes" and "There's a Trick With a Knife I'm Learning
to Do: Poems 1963-1978."
"The English Patient," a tale of love and death set in war-ravaged
Italy, won the Booker Prize. The film version dominated the 1996 Academy Awards,
including the Oscar for Best Picture.
Mirabella magazine called "The English Patient" a "narrative
of astonishing elegance and power . . . one of the finest novels of recent
years -- large, rich and profoundly wise."
The New York Times Book Review called the novel "A tale of many pleasures
-- an intensely theatrical tour de force but grounded in Michael Ondaatje's
strong feeling for distant times and places."
Born in Sri Lanka, where he lived until the age of 11 among his highly eccentric
family of mixed Dutch, Sinhalese and Tamil ancestry, Ondaatje was educated
in England, graduated from Canadian universities and has made his home in
Toronto for a quarter of a decade.