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Yann Martel


Yann Martel

The award-winning author of four previous books, the most recent of which is WHAT IS STEPHEN HARPER READING?, Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. He studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs --- tree planter, dishwasher, security guard --- and travelled widely before turning to writing. He was awarded the Journey Prize for the title story in THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCOMATIOS. His second novel, LIFE OF PI, won the 2002 Man Booker, among other prizes.

Yann Martel lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their son.

Yann Martel

Books by Yann Martel

by Yann Martel - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that --- if he can find it --- would redefine history, and he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás’s quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.