Presented by Vancouver Writers Fest in association with Indian Summer FestivalMonday, June 4, 2018 at 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Wesley-United Church
From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient. Michael Ondaatje’s mesmerizing new novel, Warlight, tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.
In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once—we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends. A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey—through facts, recollection, and imagination—that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.
Join the winner of the Booker Prize, Irish Times International Fiction Prize, Giller Prize and the Prix Médicis for a fascinating conversation with David Chariandy about Warlight and Michael Ondaatje’s writing career to date.