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By Michael Ondaatje

In his novels, poetry, and memoirs, Booker Prize winner Michael Ondaatje strikes from the blasted panorama of Billy the child in Eighties New Mexico to the hot Orleans jazz global of the mythical blood brother Bolden on the flip of the century, from his local Sri Lanka to the African desolate tract of global conflict II. Compassionate, lyrical, spellbinding, the paintings he has created unfolds with secret and eloquence and enlarges our literature.

Included in Vintage Ondaatje are parts of the novels Anil’s Ghost, In the outside of the Lion, Coming via Slaughter, and The English Patient; the memoir Running in the Family; sections from The accrued Works of Billy the Kid; and a variety of the poetry.

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