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    A Year of Last Things: From the Booker Prize-winning author of The English Patient

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    ISBN: 9781787335035
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    AuthorOndaatje, Michael
    Pub Date21/03/2024
    Publisher: JONATHAN CAPE LTD
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    With A Year of Last Things, acclaimed novelist Michael Ondaatje returns to poetry, looking back on a life of displacement and discovery

    'My life always stops for a new book by him' JHUMPA LAHIRI, author of The Namesake

    'Timeless... Remarkable, incomparable' TERRANCE HAYES, author of So to Speak

    Born in Sri Lanka during the Second World War, Ondaatje was sent as a child to school in London, and later moved to Canada. While he has lived there since, these poems reflect the life of a writer, traveller and watcher of the world - describing himself as a 'mongrel', someone born out of diverse cultures.

    Here, rediscovering the influence of every border crossed, he moves back and forth in time, from a childhood in Sri Lanka to Moliere's chair during his last stage performance, from icons in Bulgarian churches to the Californian coast and loved Canadian rivers, merging memory with the present, looking back on a life of displacement and discovery, love and loss. As he writes in the opening poem:

    Reading the lines he loves
    he slips them into a pocket,
    wishes to die with his clothes
    full of torn-free stanzas
    and the telephone numbers
    of his children in far cities

    Poetry - where language is made to work hardest and burns with a gem-like flame - is what Ondaatje has returned to in this intimate history.