Michael Ondaatje\'s \'The English Patient\' wins prestigious Golden Man Booker Prize

Angelo Anderson
July 11, 2018

Author Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient was voted as the best-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize at an event Sunday celebrating 50 years of the prestigious literary award.

The English Patient is a tale of love and conflict during World War II.

The novel - which was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1996 movie starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche - was judged to be the best victor of the 52 books to have won the prestigious award.

The 1970s finalist was "In a Free State" by Trinidad-born V.S. Naipaul, while "Moon Tiger" by British writer Penelope Lively was the 1980s choice.

At Golden Man Booker Live, judge Kamila Shamsie discussed why she had chosen The English Patient as her victor of the 1990s, before an extract of the book was performed by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Michael Ondaatje was presented with his golden trophy.


The award is a special one-off honor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize.

Accepting the award, Ondaatje said: "Not for a second do I believe this is the best book on the list - or any other list that could have been put together of Booker novels".

The English Patient, which also inspired the Oscar-winning 1996 film from late director Anthony Minghella, is set at the end of the Second World War and revolves around the identity of a badly burned patient and whether he is a French archaeologist or a Nazi spy. "The English Patient" was selected by the novelist Kamila Shamsie to represent the 1990s.

The 50th anniversary of the prize is being magnified globally with Man Booker author events at global literary festivals across the world. "It's intricately and rewardingly structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page", said Shamsie, as reported by the Guardian.

The Fund's Chairman of the Booker prize, Baroness Helena Kennedy in a statement following the vote, called the novel "the English patient" "the thrill of working in the field of fiction, poetic and philosophical".

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