"Ending a war is not as easy as you think" – Michael Ondaatje portrays the shadow pages of people without judgment


The Canadian Sinhalese writer Michael Ondaatje is updated with the book

It was with the story of a seriously burned pilot and his nurse that Michael Ondaatje became world famous. "The English Patient" was filmed and named the most popular of all the novels that received the prestigious British Booker Prize.

It's always the curiosity that leads me to the book.

I remember Ondaatje which began with a wonder of who was the patient who suddenly appeared in his imagination.

"It's always the curiosity that drives me to the book. All my books are archaeological instead of having a great theme. I want to meet people like the English patient and observe them – then I discover things about myself over time, "says Michael Ondaatje on a visit to Stockholm.

Michael Ondaatje began his writing writing poetry:

Also his new book "Luksken" is driven by a mystery and is also played in World War II. The novel is about the brothers Rachel and Nathaniel, whose parents suddenly leave and leave the children alone. But something in the history of the mother and father is not true. Where do they really go?

I wanted to see what Nathanael and Rachel's response would be to radical abandonment. But only a story about these children would not interest me. I need an adventure, Ondaatje explains.

I was a Sri Lankan boy who had never worn socks or ties, so arriving in London was very difficult.

He portrayed alone children before: in the novel "The Cat's Table," an eleven-year-old boy is to travel from Colombo, Sri Lanka, to England, on a three-week boat trip. The journey is self-experienced. But Michael Ondaatje does not remember that he felt abandoned.

Having lived in England, Sri Lanka and Australia, Michael Ondaatje has become sensitive to different perspectives and voices:

I felt like I was among friends. I'm a little weird like that, maybe, he says, without digging too deep into memory: when it comes to yourself, the author becomes concise.

But it still offers in memory of the first encounter of his childhood with London, the city he is now writing for the first time.

"I was a Sri Lankan boy who had never worn socks or ties, so getting to London was difficult. I had to work out the codes in two, three weeks before I started school. I had to adapt quickly, and the school was full of rules and mazes.

Michael Ondaatje portrays The shady pages of London, with dark canals and restaurants where the working class and immigrants fight like dishwashers. The "lantern" is filled by a heterogeneous crowd. Nathaniel and Rachel are protected by the not-so-appropriate "Night Butterfly". Soon the house will also be filled with other dubious personalities, including Arrow, who conducts suspicious business on the London channels.

– When the Arrow and Night Feather appeared, it became a new family, and Nathaniel's former family was replaced by one that was more interesting. It was fun to write.

This is not a monologue about what is right or wrong

In adulthood begins Nathaniel looked for clues about his mother's fate and found that she had a special mission during the war. Michael Ondaatje sounds here, just as often, the prospects change. It's even one of his program statements, he cites a number of author John Berger as he generally mentions:

"Never again should a single story be told that it is the only one." It is political, because there is only one answer. Everyone has different views. This is not a monologue about what is right or wrong.

Michael Ondaatje does not judge Yes, Mother, Rose. She is the heart of the book, he believes, and does what he must do – and what many men have done.

The point is that many women were active in the war, in thousands of different positions. And when the war was over, they lost their jobs, he says, pointing out that peace also had many troublesome sides.

In Ondaatje it's time after the war, a period of strong censorship, as many try to hide their atrocities. In fact, all sides commit morally questionable actions, he shows in his book.

"Ending a war is not as easy as you think.

Elin Swedenmark / TT


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