Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje (Philip Michael Ondaatje) (ändät´chā), 1943–, Canadian writer, b. Colombo, Sri Lanka (then Ceylon). Immigrating (1962) to Canada, he attended the Univ. of Toronto (B.A., 1965) and Queen's Univ., Ontario (M.A., 1967). Since 1971 he has been an English professor at Glendon College, York Univ., Toronto. His first published works were poems, noted for their mixture of fact and fiction, real and surreal. His Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970) blends poetry, prose, and visual materials into a compelling portrait of the American outlaw. Other poetry collections include The Dainty Monsters (1967), Rat Jelly (1973), The Cinnamon Peeler (1990), and Handwriting (1998). Ondaatje is best known for his novels, which also blend reality and imagination, exploring a variety of cultures and mingling present and past in richly evocative prose. The antithesis of linear narrative, his fiction is filled with incident and coincidence, often changing abruptly in time, style, and point of view. With his most celebrated novel, The English Patient (1992; film 1996), a tale of love and betrayal set in a ruined Italian villa during World War II, Ondaatje became the first Canadian to win the Booker Prize. His other novels are Coming through Slaughter (1976), In the Skin of a Lion (1987), Anil's Ghost (2000), Divisadero (2007), and The Cat's Table (2011). He also has written screenplays and edited anthologies and a literary journal.

See his memoir, Running in the Family (1982); studies by L. Mundwiler (1984), S. Solecki, ed. (1985), D. Barbour (1993), and E. Jewinski (1994).

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Michael Ondaatje: Selected full-text books and articles

Asian American Novelists: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook By Emmanuel S. Nelson Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Michael Ondaatje (1943-)" begins on p. 289
Textual Hauntings: Narrating History, Memory, and Silence in the English Patient By Novak, Amy Studies in the Novel, Vol. 36, No. 2, Summer 2004
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Anil's Ghost and Terrorism's Time By Scanlan, Margaret Studies in the Novel, Vol. 36, No. 3, Fall 2004
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Literature and Film as Modern Mythology By William K. Ferrell Praeger, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 "Finding Yourself in a Lost World: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje"
A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English By Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Michael Ondaatje (September 12, 1943-)" begins on p. 317
The Heterotopic Spaces of Postcolonial Trauma in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost By Burrows, Victoria Studies in the Novel, Vol. 40, No. 1-2, Spring-Summer 2008
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Justice and the Pathos of Understanding in Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost By Kertzer, Jon English Studies in Canada, Vol. 29, No. 3-4, September-December 2003
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Postcolonial Postmortems: Crime Fiction from a Transcultural Perspective By Christine Matzke; Susanne Mühleisen Rodopi, 2006
Librarian’s tip: "Confession, Autopsy and the Postcolonial Postmortems of Michael Ondaatje's Anil's Ghost" by Wendy Knepper begins on p. 35
Not Needing All the Words: Michael Ondaatje's Literature of Silence By Zsizsmann, Eva British Journal of Canadian Studies, Vol. 22, No. 1, May 2009
"Michael Ondaatje: Cat Burglar in the House of Fiction" By Kliman, Todd Hollins Critic, Vol. 31, No. 5, December 1994
Rites of Passage: Moving Hearts and Transforming Memories in Michael Ondaatje's the Cat's Table By Walker, Laura Savu ARIEL, Vol. 45, No. 1-2, January-April 2014
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Traumatic Representation: The Power and Limitations of Storytelling as "Talking Cure" in Michael Ondaatje's in the Skin of a Lion and the English Patient By Visvis, Vikki ARIEL, Vol. 40, No. 4, October 2009
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Parading the Underworld of New Orleans in Ondaatje's Coming through Slaughter By Deshaye, Joel American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter 2008
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Solos and Chorus: Michael Ondaatje's Jazz Politics/Poetics By Malcolm, Douglas Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 32, No. 3, September 1999
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