Michael Ondaatje's English Patient wins Booker Prize's 50th anniversary award

Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje's English Patient wins Booker Prize's 50th anniversary award

Roman Michael Ondaatje "the English patient", which is a fascinating story of love in time of war, won a special "Golden man Booker prize", which the work has received as the best book for the century of existence of the awards.

The Golden Man Booker, the one-off award marking the Man Booker Prize's 50thanniversary celebrations, was chosen by the public and revealed on Sunday.

It was adapted into a multiple Oscar-winning film in 1996 starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ralph Finnes. The book won the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction.

The 50th anniversary of the prize is being magnified globally with Man Booker author events at worldwide literary festivals across the world.

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At Golden Man Booker Live, judge Kamila Shamsie discussed why she had chosen The English Patient as her victor of the 1990s, before an extract of the book was performed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Ondaatje was presented with his golden trophy.

"Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list, especially when it is placed beside a work by V.S. Naipaul, one of the masters of our time, or a major work like "Wolf Hall, '" Ondaatje said. We think of it, with good reason, as the good war", she said.

"It moves seamlessly between the epic and the intimate – one moment you're in looking at the vast sweep of the desert and the next moment watching a nurse place a piece of plum in a patient's mouth", she said.

"The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical", Baroness Helena Kennedy, chair of the Booker Prize Foundation, said in a statement.

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We will remind, in may the victor of the International Booker prize in 2018 was the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative". Then the award "Booker of Bookers" was the British Salman Rushdie for his book "Children of midnight".

The novel - written by Sri-Lankan born Ondaatje in 1992 - tells of the entanglement of four people in an Italian villa, including an English burns victim, as the Second World War ends.

Two of the five books nominated were published by Bloomsbury, which will be hoping for related sales boost.

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