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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
Non fiction
Anthologies containing stories by Yann Martel
Short stories
Self [short story] (1996)

Booker Prize Best Novel winner (2002) : Life of Pi
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel nominee (2003) : Life of Pi

Yann Martel recommends
The Cellist of Sarajevo (2008)
Steven Galloway
"A grand and powerful novel about how people retain or reclaim their humanity when they are under extreme duress... Galloway's novel does the work of a good fiction: it transports you to a situation that might be alien to you, makes it familiar, and so brings understanding. While reading The Cellist of Sarajevo you are imaginatively there, in Sarajevo, as the mortar shells are falling and snipers are seeking to kill you as you cross a street. Your mind's eye sees, your moral sense is outraged: your full humanity is being exercised."
The Toss of a Lemon (2008)
Padma Viswanathan
"The Toss of a Lemon joins the company of the great novels on India."
Dog Boy (2010)
Eva Hornung
"Extraordinary, compelling and utterly believable."
The Elephant's Journey (2010)
José Saramago
"A novel of wit, warmth and wonder."
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste (2014)
Valerie Martin
"A writer of immense talent and insight."
The Patriots (2017)
Sana Krasikov
"A Masterwork. A Dr. Zhivago for our times."
Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted (2021)
Gary Barwin
"A fierce and funny horse ride through hell, told with brio."
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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