Michael Ondaatje

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  • Peter Easingwood (University of Dundee)

Michael Ondaatje's novels lend themselves to post-modern and post-colonial approaches to literature but his distinctive appeal as a poet and novelist is that of an experimental practitioner and stylist expert in creating sensuous and sensual effects. His poetry begins in the 1960s in the context described by Northrop Frye as a colossal verbal explosion of writing in Canada. The large international success of the novel The English Patient confirms the emergence of a highly developed cultural hybridity in his work.

According to a biographer (Jewinski 1994), Ondaatje has been generous in his support of other writers but he appears reluctant to be treated as a literary celebrity and to answer questions about his private life.…

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Easingwood, Peter. "Michael Ondaatje". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2002
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4944, accessed 26 November 2015.]

Articles on Ondaatje's works

  1. Coming through Slaughter
  2. In the Skin of a Lion
  3. Running in the Family
  4. The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left Handed Poems
  5. The English Patient

Related Groups

  1. Magical Realism in Literature
  2. Postcolonial Literature - Canadian