Michael Ondaatje's Booker Prize winning best seller lyrically portrays the convergence of four damaged lives in a bomb-riddled Italian villa in the last days of the war. Hana, the grieving nurse; the maimed thief, Caravaggio; the emotionally detached Indian sapper, Kip each is haunted in different ways by the riddle of the man they know only as the English patient, a nameless burn victim who lies swathed in bandages in an upstairs room. It is this man's incandescent memories of the bleak North African desert, of explorers caves and Bedouin tribesmen,
of forbidden love, and of annihilating anger that illuminate the story, and the consequences of the mysteries they reveal radiate outward in shock waves that leave all the characters forever changed.
About the Author
Michael Ondaatje is a novelist and poet perhaps best known for his Booker Prize winning novel adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, The English Patient. His other books include Secular Love, In the Skin of a Lion, Running in the Family, and The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. He edited From Ink Lake, a selection of Canadian stories, and has won several Governor General's Award for both fiction and poetry.
Pico Iyer is the author of several books of travel and fiction, including "Video Night in Kathmandu."
“A rare and spellbinding web of dreams.” —Time
“Sensuous, mysterious, rhapsodic . . . It transports the reader to another world.” —San Francisco Chronicle