In the Skin of a Lion (Vintage International) (Paperback)

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This prequel to The English Patient is set in Toronto between World War I and World War II. The characters are from different cultures and classes, but have in common the experience of constructing mysterious backgrounds and veils. Ultimately they share fantastic encounters and adventures, both tragic and sublime.

— Tom


Bristling with intelligence and shimmering with romance, this novel tests the boundary between history and myth. Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient. 256 pp.

About the Author

Michael Ondaatje is the author of three previous novels, a memoir and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780679772668
ISBN-10: 0679772669
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: January 14th, 1997
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Vintage International