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On Saturday April 20 author Michael Ondaatje will come to Utrecht for the first ILFU Book Talk to speak about his latest novel Warlight. This eighth novel by Ondaatje was published in 2018 (Dutch translation Blindganger (Uitgeverij Nieuw Amsterdam). The best-selling Canadian writer, of course known for The English Patient will be interviewed in a special afternoon programme in TivoliVredenburg.

Michael Ondaatje has published an extensive oeuvre including poetry, scripts and non-fiction but is best known for his novels. In 2018 his most famous work The English Patient received the Golden Man Booker Prize for best work of fiction of the past fifty years. The eponymous film featuring Juliette Binoche, Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in leading roles received no less than nine Oscars.

In his most recent novel Warlight we follow Nathaniel in post-war London trying to put together the puzzle of his parents’ life and find out why he grew up without them, surrounded by mysterious figures. The book received outstanding reviews describing it as equally mesmerizing as The English Patient.

‘Our book of the year – and maybe of Ondaatje’s career.’ Daily Telegraph

‘Warlight sucked me in deeper than any novel I can remember… fiction as rich, as beautiful, as melancholy as life itself.’ Observer

Launch ILFU Book Talks

Following the successful first edition of the ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht that took place in September 2018 the ILFU will present new ILFU events during the year starting in April 2019. In the ILFU Book Talks internationally renowned authors will be interviewed. And we are thrilled that Michael Ondaatje will be our very first guest of the ILFU Book Talks. Tickets are on sale now. Friends of the House of Literature have free access to this Book Talk.

20.04 2019
Tijd: 15:00 - 17:00 uur
Prijs vanaf: €15
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Vredenburgkade 11
Utrecht, Nederland