In his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient -- winner of the Booker Prize and the Governor General's Award -- Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth we have come to know as the hallmarks of his writing.
Anil's Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka, educated in England and America, who returns to Sri Lanka as a forensic anthropologist sent by an international human rights group to discover the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island. What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past - a story propelled by a riveting mystery. Unfolding against the deeply evocative background of Sri Lanka's landscape and ancient civilization, Anil's Ghost is a literary spellbinder - Michael Ondaatje's most powerful novel yet.
Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir, and eleven books of poetry. His most recent novel, The English Patient, won the Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he came to Canada in 1963 and now lives in Toronto.
"This is a wonderful book - unquestionably Ondaatje's finest work--a book that surpasses The English Patient in both depth of feeling and intellectual reach--. Anil's Ghost is the most remarkable of the many remarkable novels Michael Ondaatje has written." - The Globe and Mail
"A truly wondrous book. The layers of human history, the depth of the human body, the heartache of love and fratricide have rarely been conveyed with such dignity and translucence. I was enthralled as I have not been since The English Patient." - Ariel Dorfman
"Virtually flawless, with impeccable regional details, startlingly original characters, and a compelling literary plot that borders on the thriller. Ondaatje's stunning achievement is to produce an indelible novel of dangerous beauty." - USA Today
"Anil's Ghost is the most harrowing of Ondaatje's novels. It is also the toughest, most sincere and in some ways the best since Coming Through Slaughter--genuinely, eerily, almost inappropriately beautiful." - The Toronto Star
"It is Ondaatje's extraordinary achievement to use magic in order to make the blood of his own country real-- Nowhere has he written more beautifully." - The New York Times Book Review