Michael Ondaatje's English Patient voted best Booker victor

Dame Hilary Mantel Booker Prize winning author at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

As Associated Press reports, the acclaimed 1992 novel from Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje has been voted the greatest-ever victor of the Man Booker Prize in the 50-year history of the prestigious literary award. The book of the Canadian trailer revolves around the tale of love which conflicts with World War II was awarded in the fiction category after winning through a public vote.

Adapted into a multiple Oscar-winning film starring Ralph Fiennes as the desert explorer Làszlò Almàsy, Juliette Binoche as his nurse Hana and Kristin Scott Thomas as the married Katharine Clifton, The English Patient was one of the best-known books on the shortlist.

All 51 previous Booker winners were considered by a panel of judges, who whittled them down to one from each decade.

The Golden Booker award marked the end of the Man Booker 50 Festival on the banks of the river Thames in London.

While Ondaatje's "English Patient" listed for the "90s, 'In a Free State by V.S. Naipul represented the '70s, 'Moon Tiger" by Penelope Lively stood for the '80s, Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall was selected for the 2000s, and last year's victor Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders was chosen for the ongoing '10s.

"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", said Shamsie in a statement.

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"Few novels really deserve the praise: transformative".

Ondaatje became the first Canadian to win the Booker Prize sharing the 1992 prize with British author Barry Unsworth and his historical novel "Sacred Hunger". The Golden Man Booker victor was revealed at the closing event of the Man Booker 50 Festival in Royal Festival Hall at Southbank Centre.

The prize was founded in 1968 and the first victor was named in 1969.

"The English Patient" won the Booker in 1992, but not outright.

"The English patient is an integral part of fiction, poetic and philosophical".

Ondaatje's latest book is a novel called Warlight, the story of a young man looking for answers about his peculiar post-war childhood, left by his parents in the care of two likely criminals.

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