With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The
English Patient, Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the
richness of imagery and language and the piercing emotional truth that we have
come to know as the hallmarks of his writing.
The time is our own time. The place is Sri Lanka, the island
nation formerly known as Ceylon, off the southern tip of India, a country
steeped in centuries of cultural achievement and tradition—and forced into the
late twentieth century by the ravages of civil war and the consequences of a
country divided against itself.
Into this maelstrom steps a young woman, Anil Tissera, born
in Sri Lanka, educated in England and America, a forensic anthropologist sent
by an international human rights group to work with local officials to discover
the source of the organized campaigns of murder engulfing the island.
Bodies are discovered. Skeletons. And particularly one,
nicknamed ‘Sailor.’ What follows is a story about love, about family, about
identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past—all
propelled by a riveting mystery.
Unfolding against the deeply evocative background of Sri
Lanka’s landscape and ancient civilization, Anil’s Ghost is a literary
spellbinder—the most powerful novel we have yet had from Michael Ondaatje. Download and start listening now!