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: 3.85 · 959,924 ratings · 42,741 reviews · 19 distinct works · Similar authors
Life of Pi

3.87 avg rating — 939,220 ratings — published 2001
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Beatrice and Virgil

3.11 avg rating — 14,863 ratings — published 2010 — 62 editions
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The Facts Behind the Helsin...

3.47 avg rating — 2,596 ratings — published 1993 — 37 editions
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Self

3.37 avg rating — 1,960 ratings — published 1996 — 17 editions
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What is Stephen Harper Read...

3.81 avg rating — 358 ratings — published 2009 — 5 editions
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The High Mountains of Portugal

3.44 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 2016 — 19 editions
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101 Letters to a Prime Mini...

3.70 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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We Ate the Children Last

3.50 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2004
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The Moon Above His Head

3.17 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2011
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The Secret History of Fantasy

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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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