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Yann Martel


Spain (b.1963)

Yann Martel was born in Spain of peripatetic Canadian parents. He grew up in Alaska, British Columbia, Costa Rica, France, Ontario and Mexico, and has continued travelling as an adult, spending time in Iran, Turkey and India.

After studying philosophy at Trent University and while doing various odd jobs -- tree planting, dishwashing, working as a security guard -- he began to write. In addition to Life of Pi, Martel is the prize-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, a collection of short stories, and of Self, a novel, both published internationally. Yann has been living from his writing since the age of 27. He divides his time between yoga, writing and volunteering in a palliative care unit. Yann Martel lives in Montreal.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Novels
   Self (1996)
   Life of Pi (2000)
   Beatrice and Virgil (2010)
   The High Mountains of Portugal (2016)
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Yann Martel recommends
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The Theory of Crows (2022)
David A Robertson
"In weaving together themes of identity, belonging, grief and land, The Theory of Crows is a novel that approaches rapture."
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Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted (2021)
Gary Barwin
"A fierce and funny horse ride through hell, told with brio."
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The Patriots (2017)
Sana Krasikov
"A Masterwork. A Dr. Zhivago for our times."

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Books containing stories by Yann Martel
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Crossing the Border (1998)
Tales of Erotic Ambiguity
edited by
Lisa Tuttle

Awards
2002 Booker Prize : Life of Pi

Award nominations
2003 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize (nominee) : Life of Pi


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