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 at Barnes & Noble.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Date of Birth:
June 25, 1963
Place of Birth:
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
|Martel's Modern Classic|
|Life of Pi|
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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|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."|
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