Michael Ondaatje: In the Skin of a Lion (3470 words)

Michael Ondaatje’s second epigraph to In the Skin of a Lion is a quotation from John Berger’s G. Berger writes that “never again will a single story be told as though it were the only one” (iv). Reflecting this, Ondaatje’s Booker Prize nominated novel serves as a forum for the “real” histories of workers and migrants largely ignored in the official constructions of Canada’s twentieth-century historical conception of “nationhood”, using a mix of techniques and voices to present different versions of the past. In this endeavour real documents are “quoted” and real, but marginalised, histories “voiced”. However, even these “real” sources, photographs and documents, are “quoted” in …

Bedggood, Daniel Findlay. "In the Skin of a Lion". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 November 2010
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=4490, accessed 21 April 2018.]

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  1. Magical Realism in Literature
  2. Postcolonial Literature - Canadian
  3. Metafictional Writing

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