Yann Martel

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Yann Martel


Born
in Salamanca, Spain
June 25, 1963

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Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller and winner of the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes). He is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (winner of the Journey Prize), Self, Beatrice & Virgil, and 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. Born in Spain in 1963, Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and traveled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon, Canada, with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.


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Average rating: 3.86 · 1,076,815 ratings · 46,661 reviews · 23 distinct works · Similar authors
Life of Pi

3.88 avg rating — 1,047,159 ratings — published 2001 — 254 editions
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Beatrice and Virgil

3.12 avg rating — 16,212 ratings — published 2010 — 68 editions
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The High Mountains of Portugal

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The Facts Behind the Helsin...

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Self

3.39 avg rating — 2,142 ratings — published 1996 — 17 editions
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What is Stephen Harper Read...

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101 Letters to a Prime Mini...

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We Ate the Children Last

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Life of Pi

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The Moon Above His Head

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“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

“I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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