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Michael Ondaatje: "I didn't want to go back to 'The English Patient' "

Michael Ondaatje: "I didn't want to go back to 'The English Patient' "

It’s tempting to approach Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” as a return to familiar terrain. Once again, the writer has set a story in the immediate aftermath of World War II, and once again, he has populated a book with characters whose pasts and identities are so clouded with mystery you may find yourself reaching for a spyglass while turning the pages. It’s tempting, as well, to compare “Warlight” to “The English Patient,” still Ondaatje’s most famous novel thanks to an Oscar-winning film adaptation and the awarding of the 1992 Man Booker Prize. It’s tempting to think all these similarities, all these complementary tableaux, are intentional. A conversation with the author...

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