Ondaatje, Michael. ANIL'S GHOST. London, England: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 307 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's fourth novel. Now considered a contemporary classic. The first appearance of the title in the United Kingdom. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Although he has written about his native land, explicitly and obliquely, in earlier works, Ondaatje himself considers (and calls) this novel his "Sri Lanka" novel. An intimate and spellbinding story of what civil war can do to a country and its people, it is a literary mystery and a jigsaw puzzle of the highest quality that is written in the author's characteristically brilliant, richly layered, and emotionally resonant prose. "The novel explores that territory where the personal and the political intersect in the fulcrum of war. Its style is more straightforward, less densely poetical. While many of Ondaatje's literary trademarks are present (frequent shifts in time, hallucinatory imagery, the gradual interweaving of characters' pasts with the present), the prose is more accessible. This is not to say that the author has forgotten his poetic roots. Subtle, evocative images abound. Michael Ondaatje has crafted both a brutal examination of internecine warfare and an enduring meditation on identity, loyalty, and the unbreakable hold the past exerts over the present" (Alix Wilber). Part of the majestic and lyrical beauty of his fiction comes from the fact that Michael Ondaatje has a poetic sensibility and writes what Joseph Brodsky once called "poet's prose": "Her toes were among the white petals, her arms folded as she undressed the day, removing layers of events and incidents so they would no longer be within her" (Michael Ondaatje). A "must-have" title for Michael Ondaatje collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Michael Ondaatje. This title has been out-of-print as a hardcover for a long time even though it went into multiple subsequent printings and is now highly collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First British Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1992 for "The English Patient". One of the greatest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER MICHAEL ONDAATJE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 074754865X. $50.00

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