Michael Ondaatje

Coming Through Slaughter

Added on March 17, 2014

Coming Through Slaughter Michael Ondaatje House of Anansi Press, Canada, 1976 Here we have a near fine, signed, first paperback edition of Canadian author Michael Ondaatje’s haunting prose poem, loosely based on the life of jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden. The only condition issues are slight bumping to the corners and very minor edge creasing and [...]

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Anil’s Ghost

Added on September 11, 2013

Anil’s Ghost Michael Ondaatje Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 2000 This is a signed first U.S. edition of Anil’s Ghost in fine/fine condition. The true first edition is the Canadian McClelland and Stewart first printing. In this novel, Anil Tissera, studying forensic anthropology in the States, returns to Sri Lanka to work for the U.N. [...]

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Rat Jelly & Other Poems 1963-78

Added on December 18, 2012

Rat Jelly & Other Poems 1963-78 Michael Ondaatje Marion Boyars, U.K. 1980 Rat Jelly was a book of poetry originally published by Coach House Press in Toronto in 1973. In 1979, McClelland and Stewart out of Toronto and WW Norton out of New York published There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do: [...]

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The Cat’s Table

Added on June 9, 2012

The Cat’s Table Michael Ondaatje Jonathan Cape, U.K 2011 This mostly fictionalized memoir is Ondaatje’s most recent novel. It is about a boy named Michael who travels from Ceylon to England on an ocean liner to go and live with his mother. The Cat’s Table is the table furthest away from the captain’s table, where [...]

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Running in the Family

Added on April 17, 2011

Running in the Family Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1982 Here is a perfect example of how collecting signed books does not have to be prohibitively expensive. This is a second reprint of the first trade paperback edition of Ondaatje’s beautifully written fictionalized autobiography. Regarding Running in the Family, Ondaatje himself wrote, “In Sri [...]

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Divisadero

Added on December 21, 2010

Divisadero Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 2007 Ondaatje’s newest novel is another brilliant work of art. Divisadero won the Governor General’s Award for fiction and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize. Booklist gave it a starred review. Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri calls it Ondaatje’s finest work to date and goes on to say, [...]

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In the Skin of the Lion

Added on December 7, 2010

In the Skin of the Lion Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1987 In the Skin of the Lion is a story of the immigrants who build the city of Toronto and were subsequently written out of its history. www.contemporarywriters.com calls In the Skin of a Lion “… a profound exploration of the migrant condition.” [...]

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The English Patient

Added on July 31, 2010

The English Patient Michael Ondaatje McClelland and Stewart, Canada, 1992 The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje’s most famous novel,¬†won the 1992 Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Canada Australia Award, and the 1992 Booker Prize. The 1996 film, on which Ondaatje worked closely, won nine Academy Awards, including best picture. This novel can be considered a [...]

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