Named the best novel of "bukerovskoj" list for 50 years

Michael Ondaatje

The book was famously adapted into a 1996 film by director Anthony Minghella, starring Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas and Juliette Binoche.

We will remind, in may the victor of the International Booker prize in 2018 was the Polish writer with Ukrainian roots Olga Tokarchuk.

Previously, "The English Patient" had shared the 1992 Booker Prize with Barry Unsworth's 18th century slave tale "Sacred Hunger".

The special one-off competition - to mark the 50th anniversary for the British literary prize - placed the Man Booker Prize's previous 51 winners in a head-to-head battle to determine which has stood the test of time.

The English Patient opens in an abandoned Italian villa at the end of the Second World War where Hana, a nurse, tends to her sole remaining patient.

Baroness Helena Kennedy, chairman of the Booker Prize Foundation, added: 'The English Patient is a compelling work of fiction - both poetic and philosophical - and is a worthy victor.' The winner was announced at a ceremony at the Southbank Centre in London last night.

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It beat four other novels in an online poll that drew 9,000 votes in all.

"I suspect and know more than anyone that perhaps The English Patient is still cloudy, with errors in pacing".

The novel won the 1992 Booker Prize and the 1992 Governor General's Award.

In a video posted to the Man Booker website, author Kamila Shamsie, one of the award's judges, said of the book: "It is extraordinary". "Ms. Shamsie said in a statement, "'The English Patient' is that rare novel which gets under your skin and insists you return to it time and again, always yielding a new surprise or delight". It's intricately and rewardingly structured, beautifully written, with great humanity written into every page.

"And through all this, he makes you fall in love with his characters, live their joys and their sorrows". "While we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the award, that all the books-winners are still printed, is a Testament to her award, influence and heritage", - said the Baroness.

"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".

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