Michael Ondaatje: Anil's Ghost (1869 words)

  • Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)
Download PDF Save to Bookshelf Share on Facebook Tweet Report an Error

Anil’s Ghost (2000) is Michael Ondaatje’s fourth novel and it is the one that follows the global success of The English Patient. Like the latter, the story is set during a conflict: however, this time the drama is staged in Sri Lanka, the author’s country of birth, during the civil war of the 1980s and 1990s. After structuring his fictional masterpiece on a story having at its centre a nameless protagonist, with Anil’s Ghost the novelist returns to this principal interest, i.e. the question of identity, both as a subject of psychological investigation but also, crucially, an ideological issue.

Sri Lanka, then, is not simply a background against which the plot unravels -- it …

Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "Anil's Ghost". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 October 2017
[https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=6598, accessed 25 February 2018.]

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here.