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Michael Ondaatje

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Michael Ondaatje OC (born September 12, 1943) is a Canadian author.

Born in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese origin, in 1954 he moved to England with his mother.

After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. Ondaatje received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. In the mid-1960s he settled in Toronto, from 1971 to 1983 he taught at York University and since then at Glendon College in Toronto.

His style of fiction introduced in In the Skin of a Lion and mastered in The English Patient is non-linear. He creates a narrative by exploring many interconnected snapshots in great detail.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje's work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film. Besides his memoir of his Sri Lankan childhood, Running in the Family, and his Governor General's Award winning book of poetry, There's a Trick With a Knife he is known for four works of fiction:

In 1988 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

His older brother, Christopher Ondaatje, who lives in the United Kingdom, is a multi-millionaire financier, philanthropist and author of travel books.

Further reading

Barbour, Douglas. Michael Ondaatje. ISBN 0805782907de:Michael Ondaatje

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