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From the author of The English Patient and Running in the Family, a breathtaking novel about love and the horrors of civil war.

Anil's Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of the civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka sent by an international human rights group as a forensic anthropologist to investigate the campaigns of organised slaughter engulfing the island. What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past - a story driven by a riveting mystery.

Reviews

A truly wondrous book... I was as enthralled as I have not been since The English Patient

Ariel Dorfman, author of Death and the Maiden

This is why I read, this is why literature matters, this, in short, is IT!... By the closing pages Anil's Ghost has come as close to a holy book as a novel ever should

Independent

This work of 'fiction' will endure as a hitory of these times showing us how we may face even the most extreme actions of our civilisation through wise, compassionate re-creation

The Sunday Times, Sri lanka

It is Ondaatje's extraordinary achievement to use magic in order to make the blood of his own country real... Nowhere has he written more beautifully

New York Times Book Review

There is much to astonish, to disturb and to admire in this dense book... a rare triumph

Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099554455

    September 1, 2011

    Vintage

    320 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • EBook

    9781448112838

    September 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    320 pages

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