Martel is the author of the Booker prize-winning novel Life of Pi. His other books include a collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and his first novel, Self.
He is a scholar-in-residence in English at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Born in Salamanca, Spain, Martel is a Canadian citizen.
What is the last thing you read that made you laugh out loud?Read the entire Q & A.
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s incredibly funny in its approach to the grimness within it.
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What book do you wish you’d written?
There are books I feel I could have written. The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea by Yukio Mishima; Hunger by Knut Hamsun, Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.