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Michael Ondaatje in Conversation with David Chariandy

Vancouver Writers Fest
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This event is presented in partnership with Indian Summer Festival.

From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient comes Warlight, Michael Ondaatje’s mesmerizing new novel. Set in the decade after World War II, Warlight tells a dramatic story about two teenaged siblings and the rag-tag group of mysterious characters with whom they become unwittingly involved.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once—we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends. A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey—through facts, recollection, and imagination—that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

Join the winner of the Booker Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize and the Prix Médicis for a fascinating conversation about Warlight and his writing career to date.