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Michael Ondaatje

Fecha de nacimiento: 12. Septiembre 1943

Michael Ondaatje es un novelista y poeta canadiense, cingalés de nacimiento.

Michael Ondaatje emigró a Montreal a la edad de 19 años, asistiendo a la Universidad de Toronto y a la Universidad de Queen. Su fascinación por el occidente norteamericano ha influido en uno de sus más afamados trabajos, el pastiche Las obras completas de Billy el Niño . Su novela El paciente inglés , le granjeó reconocimiento internacional. Esta obra fue seguida por Anil's Ghost . Su poesía y prosa musical, son una mezcla de mito, historia, jazz, memorias y otras hechuras.


„¿Cómo puede ocurrir una cosa así? Enamorarse y quedar desmembrado.“ The English Patient

„She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.“ The English Patient


„We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography - to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.“
The English Patient

„You think that you are an iconoclast, but you’re not. You just move, or replace what you cannot have. If you fail at something, you retreat into something else. Nothing changes you.... I left you because I knew I could never change you. You would stand in the room so still sometimes, as if the greatest betrayal of yourself would be to reveal one more inch of your character.“ The English Patient

„We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.“ The Cat's Table

„All I ever wanted was a world without maps.“ The English Patient

„I believe this. When we meet those we fall in love with, there is an aspect of our spirit that is historian, a bit of a pedant who reminisces or remembers a meeting when the other has passed by innocently…but all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.“ The English Patient

„Her life with others no longer interests him. He wants only her stalking beauty, her theatre of expressions. He wants the minute secret reflection between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignness intimate like two pages of a closed book.“ The English Patient


„There are betrayals in war that are childlike compared with our human betrayals during peace. The new lovers enter the habits of the other. Things are smashed, revealed in a new light. This is done with nervous or tender sentences, although the heart is an organ of fire.“ The English Patient

„From this point on, she whispered, we will either find or lose our souls.“ The English Patient

„... the heart is an organ of fire.“ The English Patient

„Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations.“ The English Patient


„Her hand touched me at the wrist. "If I gave you my life, you would drop it. Wouldn't you?"

I didn't say anything.“
The English Patient

„She had grown older. And he loved her more now than he had loved her when he understood her better, when she was the product of her parents. What she was now was what she herself had decided to become.“ The English Patient

„She entered the story knowing she would emerge from it feeling she had been immersed in the lives of others, in plots that stretched back twenty years, her body full of sentences and moments, as if awaking from sleep with a heaviness caused by unremembered dreams.“ The English Patient

„I'll be looking at the moon,
but I'll be seeing you.“
The English Patient

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