Yann Martel

(b. 1963)

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(1963– ),

novelist and short‐story writer, born in Spain to Canadian parents. Martel's first book was a collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993); this was followed by a novel, Self (1996), a study of sexual transformations. It was the Booker Prize‐winning second novel, Life of Pi (2002), that earned him attention and acclaim; the fantastical story of a boy marooned on a small lifeboat with a group of animals including a massive Bengal tiger, it is a fabular odyssey of mystery and survival. A second collection of short stories, We Ate the Children Last, appeared in 2004.

Subjects: Literature.

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