Yann Martel - Author

About the Author

Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963 of Canadian parents. After studying philosophy at university, he worked at odd jobs and travelled before turning to writing. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed 2002 Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, as well as the novel Self, the stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and the collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada What is Stephen Harper Reading?. Yann Martel lives in Saskatchewan, Canada.

 

Author photo © Alice Kuiper

Featured books by Yann Martel

The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. A man thrown backwards by heartbreak goes in search of an artefact that could unsettle history. A woman carries her husband to a doctor in a suitcase. A Canadian senator begins a new life, in a new country, in the company of a chimp called Odo. From these stories of journeying, of loss and faith, Yann Martel makes a novel unlike any other: moving, profound and magical.

The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2016

To suffer and do nothing is to be nothing, while to suffer and do something is to become someone. He must strike onwards to the High Mountains of Portugal! In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee.

Other books by Yann Martel

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/07/2018

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

Las altas montanas de Portugal

Las altas montanas de Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2016

'Las altas montanas de Portugal' es una novela de investigacion y de fantasmas, y tambien una fabula contemporanea que ofrece una exploracion inquietante sobre el amor y la perdida. Llena de ternura, humor y grandes sorpresas, lleva al lector en un viaje por carretera a traves de Portugal y a lo largo del ultimo siglo y medio de historia. Un viaje que a la postre recorrera el alma humana. En Lisboa, en 1904, un joven llamado Toms descubre una vieja revista. En ella se alude a la existencia de un objeto extraordinario que podra redefinir la historia. Emprende un viaje en uno de los primeros automviles en busca de ese extrao tesoro. Treinta y cinco aos despus una investigadora portuguesa retomar las pesquisas de Toms. Y cincuenta aos ms tarde, un senador canadiense se refugia en un pueblo del norte de Portugal y el caso de Toms vuelve a aparecer con unas conclusiones inesperadas. Con su caracterstica habilidad narrativa, Martel entrelaza la aventura de Toms con las de otros dos personajes, Eusebio y Peter, en distintos lugares y pocas, para construir una evocadora fbula sobre la prdida y el cario, una historia llena de ternura, humor e infinidad de giros sorprendentes. Quince aos despus de "e;Vida de Pi"e;, Martel propone a los lectores otro viaje fabulosopor el alma humana.

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen-year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan - and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. A man thrown backwards by heartbreak goes in search of an artefact that could unsettle history. A woman carries her husband to a doctor in a suitcase. A Canadian senator begins a new life, in a new country, in the company of a chimp called Odo. From these stories of journeying, of loss and faith, Yann Martel makes a novel unlike any other: moving, profound and magical.

Muntii Inalti ai Portugaliei

Muntii Inalti ai Portugaliei

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 01/07/2016

In Lisabona anului 1904, tanarul Tomas descopera un jurnal vechi. Acesta lasa sa se intrevada existenta unui artefact extraordinar care - daca va fi gasit - va redefini istoria. La volanul unuia dintre primele automobile aparute in Europa, tanarul porneste in cautarea acestei comori stranii. Treizeci si cinci de ani mai tarziu, un medic din Lisabona, pasionat de romanele politiste ale Agathei Christie, face autopsia unui cadavru si se gaseste in fata unui mister de nepatruns, consecinta cautarilor lui Tomas. Aproape jumatate de secol mai tarziu, in 1981, un senator canadian se retrage intr-un sat din Muntii Inalti ai Portugaliei, indoliat dupa moartea sotiei sale. Are insa o companie dintre cele mai neobisnuite: un cimpanzeu. Si aici, in acest sat, indelunga cautare se va incheia intr-un mod cu totul neasteptat.

Die Hohen Berge Portugals

Die Hohen Berge Portugals

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 27/04/2016

Nach dem Bestseller Schiffbruch mit Tiger jetzt der neue groe Roman von Yann Martel: Die Hohen Berge Portugals ist ein Meisterwerk voller Weisheit und Witz.Lissabon, Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts: In einem sogenannten Automobil begibt sich der junge Tomas auf eine abenteuerliche Expedition in die Hohen Berge Portugals. Ein tragikomischer Roadtrip beginnt - der ein unvorhergesehenes Ende nehmen soll. Doch das ist erst der Anfang einer phantastischen Geschichte, die die einsame Gegend noch Jahrzehnte spater umweht wie ein tragischer Zauber. In seinem neuen groen Roman verknupft Yann Martel verschiedene Faden eindrucksvoll zu einem literarischen Wunder: ein unglaubliches und doch absolut glaubhaftes Meisterwerk uber das Leben, den Tod und die Liebe - voller Weisheit und Witz.

The High Mountains of Portugal Signed Edition

The High Mountains of Portugal Signed Edition

Author: Yann Martel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2016

THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER. SIGNED EDITION. Lost in Portugal. Lost to grief. With nothing but a chimpanzee. The extraordinary new novel from the author of Life of Pi. In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. The High Mountains of Portugal takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century - and through the human soul.

High Mountains of Portugal

High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *;';Fifteen years after The Life of Pi, Yann Martel is taking us on another long journey. Fans of his Man Booker Prizewinning novel will recognize familiar themes from that seafaring phenomenon, but the itinerary in this imaginative new book is entirely fresh. . . . Martel's writing has never been more charming.'Ron Charles, The Washington PostNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRIn Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Toms discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact thatif he can find itwould redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Toms's quest. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he arrives with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee. And there the century-old quest will come to an unexpected conclusion.The High Mountains of Portugalpart quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fableoffers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humor, and endless surprise, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last centuryand through the human soul.Praise for The High Mountains of Portugal ';Just as ambitious, just as clever, just as existential and spiritual [as Life of Pi] . . . a book that rewards your attention . . . an excellent book club choice.'San Francisco Chronicle ';There's no denying the simple pleasures to be had in The High Mountains of Portugal.'Chicago Tribune';Charming . . . Most Martellian is the boundless capacity for parable. . . . Martel knows his strengths: passages about the chimpanzee and his owner brim irresistibly with affection and attentiveness.'The New Yorker ';A rich and rewarding experience . . . [Martel] spins his magic thread of hope and despair, comedy and pathos.'USA Today ';I took away indelible images from High Mountains, enchanting and disturbing at the same time. . . . As whimsical as Martel's magic realism can be, grief informs every step of the book's three journeys. In the course of the novel we burrow ever further into the heart of an ape, pure and threatening at once, our precursor, ourselves.'NPR ';Refreshing, surprising and filled with sparkling moments of humor and insight.'The Dallas Morning News';We're fortunate to have brilliant writers using their fiction to meditate on a paradox we need urgently to considerthe unbridgeable gap and the unbreakable bond between human and animal, our impossible self-alienation from our world.'Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian';[Martel packs] his inventive novel with beguiling ideas. What connects an inept curator to a haunted pathologist to a smitten politician across more than seventy-five years is the author's ability to conjure up something uncanny at the end.'The Boston Globe ';A fine home, and story, in which to find oneself.'Minneapolis Star Tribune

The High Mountains of Portugal

The High Mountains of Portugal

Author: Yann Martel Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2016

To suffer and do nothing is to be nothing, while to suffer and do something is to become someone. He must strike onwards to the High Mountains of Portugal! In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the location of an extraordinary artefact that - if it exists - would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this treasure. Some thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist finds himself at the centre of a murder mystery. Fifty years on, a Canadian senator takes refuge in northern Portugal, grieving the loss of his beloved wife. But he comes to his ancestral village with an unusual companion: a chimpanzee.

Die Hintergrunde zu den Helsinki-Roccamatios

Die Hintergrunde zu den Helsinki-Roccamatios

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2015

>>Ein Meisterwerk.Die Hintergrunde zu den Helsinki-Roccamatios>Martels Worte bescheren von Anfang an jene kostbaren Momente, die den Zauber des Erzahlens ausmachen.Standard Magazine

The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for hand-picked classics of English literature that are simplified and adapted for students in an accessible and engaging way. What happens when a cargo ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only one lifeboat of survivors? And what happens if those survivors are a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker? Sixteen-year-old Pi 'Piscine' Patel is about to find out ... Adapted from the international best-seller by Yann Martel

The Life of Pi

The Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2014

Extensive reading improves fluency and there is a real need in the ELT classroom for hand-picked classics of English literature that are simplified and adapted for students in an accessible and engaging way. What happens when a cargo ship sinks in the Pacific Ocean, leaving only one lifeboat of survivors? And what happens if those survivors are a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a Bengal tiger called Richard Parker? Sixteen-year-old Pi 'Piscine' Patel is about to find out . Adapted from the international best-seller by Yann Martel

Life Of Pi

Life Of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2012

One boy, one boat, one tiger . . . After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.

Ein Hemd des 20. Jahrhunderts

Ein Hemd des 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2010

Henry T., ein ehemals erfolgreicher Schriftsteller, bekommt eines Tages einen Brief von einem Leser, der ihn sehr neugierig macht. Die Suche nach jenem fuhrt Henry zur Tierpraparation "e;Okapi"e; und ihrem Besitzer. Der zeigt ihm Szenen eines ungewohnlichen Theaterstuckes, das er gerade schreibt. Es handelt vom "e;Schrecken"e;. Doch was ist der "e;Schrecken"e;, was geschieht da, und wie konnen wir Erlebnisse benennen, die sich in ihrer Grausamkeit jeglicher Sprache entziehen? Yann Martel hat ein literarisches Zauberspiel uber die Barbarei der Diktatur geschrieben. Anwendbar fur jeglichen furchterlichen, alles Menschliche unterdruckenden Faschismus, zu jeder Zeit und an jedem Ort. Ein poetisches wie grauenerregendes Pladoyer fur Menschenwurde und Toleranz.

Schiffbruch mit Tiger

Schiffbruch mit Tiger

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 17/08/2010

Schiffbruch mit Tiger? Diese Geschichte wurden Sie nicht glauben? Kein Wunder. Fantastisch. Verwegen. Atemberaubend. Wahnsinnig komisch. Eine Geschichte, die Sie an Gott glauben lasst.Pi Patel, der Sohn eines indischen Zoobesitzers und praktizierender Hindu, Christ und Muslim erleidet mit einer Hyane, einem Orang-Utan, einem verletzten Zebra und einem 450 Pfund schweren bengalischen Tiger namens Richard Parker Schiffbruch. Bald hat der Tiger alle erledigt - alle, auer Pi. Alleine treiben sie in einem Rettungsboot auf dem Ozean.Eine wundersame, abenteuerliche Odyssee beginnt.Martel schreibt wie ein leidenschaftlicher Paul Auster.Times Literary SupplementEine Reminiszenz an Italo Calvino.Independent on Sunday

Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2010

Fate takes many forms. . . . When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkeynamed Beatrice and Virgiland the epic journey they undertake together.With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.From the Hardcover edition.

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/06/2005

This superb collection, hailed for its power, compassion and elegance, takes in the wide sweep of human experience. From the last hours of a condemned man, to the imaginary life of an AIDS patient, to the first performance of a bizarre new symphony, Yann Martel's stories are moving, thought-provoking and as inventive in form as they are timeless in content. They display the startling mix of dazzle and depth that has made him an international phenomenon.

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

Author: Yann Martel Format: eBook Release Date: 15/06/2005

WINNER OF THE 2002 BOOKER PRIZE After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years.

Self

Self

Author: Yann Martel Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2003

Edgy, funny and devastating, Self is the fictional autobiography of a young writer at the heart of which is a startling twist. This extraordinary life meanders through a rich, complicated, bittersweet world. The discoveries of childhood give way to the thousand pangs of adolescence, culminating in the sudden shocking news of an accident abroad. And as adulthood begins, indecisively, boundaries are crossed between countries, languages and people . . .

Author Info

Author's Facebook

Find Yann Martel on Facebook