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									Yann MartelYann Martel
In 2002, Yann Martel broke into the literary world in a big way with his whimsical, strange, and thoroughly original second novel, Life of Pi. Although several years have since passed, this bestselling work has yet to loosen its magical grip on the world.

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Yann Martel
Current Home:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1963
Place of Birth:
Salamanca, Spain
B.A. in philosophy, Trent University, Ontario, 1986
2002 winner of the Booker Prize, for Life of Pi; 2001 Hugh MacLennan Prize for fiction, Quebec Writers’ Federation; 1993 Gold Medal for Fiction, National Magazine Awards

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								The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, Author: 
								Yann Martel.

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The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios
by Yann Martel
Written early in his career (before the blockbuster success of Life of Pi), this quartet of poignant stories includes the stirring title novella -- an account of the past century's high and low points as experienced by one family, and a young man dying of AIDS.
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								Vida de Pi (Life of Pi), Author: 
								Yann Martel.
*  Life of Pi (2002)
*  The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (2004)
*  Life of Pi: Deluxe Illustrated Edition (2007)

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Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
Nothing is quite what it seems in this gripping tale of a shipwrecked boy and a hungry tiger. A story of heart-stopping adventure, a philosophical fantasia, and a narrative puzzle worthy of Nabokov -- all packed into a novel as timeless as the ocean its young hero floats upon.

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Independent Spirit

Perhaps not surprisingly given the nature of his own work, Martel gravitates toward stories with a sense of solitude at the center, often featuring male protagonists on lonely quests. When asked to list some favorite books, Martel mentioned Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, and Knut Hamsun's Hunger. Of the Norwegian author Hamsun's book, Martel said, is "the odyssey of a man wandering the streets of Oslo, lost and starving. My first taste of the appeal of alienation."

*  The Old Man and the Sea
*  The Death of Ivan Ilyich
*  Hunger

*  One Hundred Years of Solitude
*  Dead Souls
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