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Ondaatje, Michael 1943-

Overview
Works: 577 works in 2,313 publications in 16 languages and 54,591 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  Poetry  Film adaptations  Biography  History  Musical fiction  Interviews  Sea stories 
Roles: Compiler, Narrator, Bibliographic antecedent, Editor, Creator, Signer, Author of introduction, Interviewer, Interviewee
Classifications: PR9199.3.O5, 813.54
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The English patient : a novel by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
189 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 6,757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
After a badly burned pilot is pulled from the wreckage of his plane in the Sahara Desert, he's placed in the care of an army nurse and identified only as "the English patient". As his memory slowly returns, a passionate and consuming love affair with a married woman is unveiled, and lives from both the past and the present become inextricably altered
Anil's ghost by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
70 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 4,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The time is our own time. The place is Sri Lanka, the island nation formerly known as Ceylon, off the southern tip of India, a country steeped in centuries of cultural achievement and tradition--and forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of civil war and the consequences of a country divided against itself. Into this maelstrom steps a young woman, Anil Tessera, born in Sri Lanka, educated in England and America, a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human rights group to work with local officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island
The cat's table by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
46 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"--As far from the Captain's Table as can be--with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. The narrator's elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself "with a distant eye" for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another Cat's Table denizen, the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, is perhaps more than what she seems. And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever. As the narrative moves between the decks and holds of the ship and the boy's adult years, it tells a spellbinding story--by turns poignant and electrifying--about the magical, often forbidden, discoveries of childhood and a lifelong journey that begins unexpectedly with a spectacular sea voyage
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
82 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in 11 languages and held by 3,579 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fleeing the violence that destroyed her family, Anna finds refuge in south-central France, in an isolated house once occupied by a writer, while she struggles to reconcile the past and present, the demands of family, love, and memory
In the skin of a lion : a novel by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
74 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 2,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A man tells the story of his boyhood in the Canadian backwoods, of his arrival in the bustling Toronto of the 1920s, and of the fabulous adventures he underwent there
Coming through slaughter by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
71 editions published between 1916 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of jazz musician, Buddy Bolden, and New Orleans in 1900
The collected works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
75 editions published between 1970 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,721 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient comes a visionary novel about an icon of American violence. William Bonney killed his first man when he was twelve. By the time he was twenty-one he had, by his own reckoning, slain nineteen more. In the intervening years he had become "Billy the Kid," bloodthirsty ogre and outlaw saint, a boy with buck teeth and a pleasant face who could shoot a stranger calmly in the heart and walk away while birds ravaged the corpse. Drawing on contemporary accounts, period photographs, dime novels, and his own prodigious fund of empathy and imagination, Michael Ondaatje traces Billy's passage across the blasted landscape of 1880 New Mexico and the collective unconscious of his country. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is a virtuoso synthesis of storytelling, history, and myth by a writer who brings us back to our familiar legends with a renewed sense of wonder.-- from publisher description
Handwriting : poems by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
33 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An anthology of poems by a Canadian writer from Sri Lanka. In The First Rule of Sinhalese Architecture, he writes: "Never build three doors / in a straight line / A devil might rush / through them /deep into your house, / into your life."
The cat's table [a novel] by Michael Ondaatje ( Recording )
11 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,058 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the early 1950s, an eleven-year-old boy in Colombo boards a ship bound for England. At mealtimes he is seated at the "cat's table"-- as far from the Captain's Table as can be-- with a ragtag group of "insignificant" adults and two other boys, Cassius and Ramadhin. As the ship makes its way across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean, the boys tumble from one adventure to another, bursting all over the place like freed mercury. But there are other diversions as well: one man talks with them about jazz and women, another opens the door to the world of literature. The narrator's elusive, beautiful cousin Emily becomes his confidante, allowing him to see himself "with a distant eye" for the first time, and to feel the first stirring of desire. Another Cat's Table denizen, the shadowy Miss Lasqueti, is perhaps more than what she seems. And very late every night, the boys spy on a shackled prisoner, his crime and his fate a galvanizing mystery that will haunt them forever
The English patient by Anthony Minghella ( Visual )
101 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in 12 languages and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A love story set in Italy and North Africa during the first World War
The conversations : Walter Murch and the art of editing film by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
39 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Conversations, over the course of a year, between the author and Walter Murch
The cinnamon peeler : selected poems by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
43 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in English and held by 986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael Ondaatje's new selected poems, The Cinnamon Peeler, brings together poems written between 1963 and 1990, including work from his most recent collection, Secular Love. These poems bear witness to the extraordinary gifts that have won high praise for this truly original poet and novelist. -- from publisher description
Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje ( Recording )
16 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 922 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In California, then the Nevada casino's, 1970 a makeshift family of a father, daughter, adopted daughter and farm hand's lives are shattered by a traumatic event and they are sent off on separate courses
Anil's ghost by Michael Ondaatje ( Recording )
24 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 747 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When bodies are discovered on the island of Sri Lanka, Anil Tissera, a forensic anthropologist, born in Sri Lanka, educated in England and America, is sent by an international human rights group to work with local officials to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island
Lost classics ( Book )
16 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A collection of essays from leading writers on books, "that have inspired and influenced, but are no longer available, hard to find, or sadly under-appreciated."
There's a trick with a knife I'm learning to do : poems, 1963-1978 by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
15 editions published between 1979 and 1992 in English and Polish and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Paris stories by Mavis Gallant ( Book )
9 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Mavis Gallant is a contemporary legend, a frequent contributor to The New Yorker for close to fifty years who has, in the words of The New York Times, "radically reshaped the short story for decade after decade." Michael Ondaatje's new selection of Gallant's work gathers some of the most memorable of her stories set in Europe and Paris, where Gallant has long lived. Mysterious, funny, insightful, and heartbreaking, these are tales of expatriates and exiles, wise children and straying saints. Together they compose a secret history, at once intimate and panoramic, of modern times"--Publisher's description
The English patient by Michael Ondaatje ( Recording )
10 editions published between 1989 and 2007 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Four damaged lives come together during the aftermath of World War II in an abandoned villa in Italy
The English patient by Michael Ondaatje ( Recording )
6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 433 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an Italian villa at the end of World War II, a mysterious English patient lies nameless and burned in an upstairs room
Secular love : poems by Michael Ondaatje ( Book )
11 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Ondaatje, Michael
Ondaatje, Philip Michael, 1943-
Ondatje, Maikls, 1943-
Ondaṭyeh, Maiḳl 1943-
Ondatže, Majkl, 1943-
Uwndātǧī, Māykil, 1943-
オンダーチェ, マイケル
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