All English Events
Writers at Rutgers Reading Series | Michael Ondaatje
When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 08:00pm
Where: Rutgers Student Center, Multipurpose Room
Category: 2017-2018 Writers at Rutgers Reading Series
Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje is one of Canada’s most recognizable voices. He began his career as a poet, publishing three volumes of verse, and though he has continued to write poetry, his work took a remarkable turn with his 1976 Coming Through Slaughter, a fictional portrait of a jazz musician in early 20th century New Orleans that’s as much prose poem as it is a novel. Since then Ondaatje has become beloved by readers around the world for his dreamy, imagistic prose in novels such as The English Patient, which won the Booker Prize, and Anil’s Ghost. His work is remarkable for its music and emotional depth, and for his ability to grasp the sensuous, physical world.