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Michael Ondaatje reads from The English Patient

The Story


In an abandoned Italian villa during the Second World War, four lost souls come together. Their stories, and how they interconnect, are told by Michael Ondaatje in his novel The English Patient. The book was certainly well-received on its own, winning the Booker Prize in 1992. But in 1997 a movie based on the book wins nine Academy Awards, bringing Ondaatje even more attention. This 1997 clip from CBC Radio's Writers and Company reprises a 1992 interview with Ondaatje, who reads segments from his celebrated book.

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: March 30, 1997
Guest(s): Michael Ondaatje
Host: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 35:10
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.
Photo: CP PHOTO/Kevin Frayer

Did You know?


• Director Anthony Minghella wrote the script for The English Patient. A reviewer for the New York Times described his adaptation as "a brilliant example of how a supremely literary, interior novel can be turned into an elegant yet dynamic film."
• Ondaatje was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2007. The award, established in 2005, recognizes the overall career of an author, from any country, whose work is available in English. (Only residents of Commonwealth nations and the Republic of Ireland were eligible at the time.)


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