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The CounterText Interview: Yann Martel

The CounterText Interview: Yann Martel Yann Martel and Pavan Kumar Malreddy Yann Martel is the author of four novels, a short story collection, and a book of letters addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada. His acclaimed novel, Life of Pi (2001), was a universal bestseller and was adapted to the screen by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Given the prominence of animals, anthropomorphism, and comparative religion in his work, critics have variedly dubbed him a post-secularist, a post-humanist, a magic realist, and a maverick of form. A classicist in style, a lyricist in prose, an avant- gardist in spirit, Yann Martel deals with themes and motifs as expansive as God, art, adventuring, migration, and taxidermy. This conversation took place in the summer of 2021 and was revisited over email correspondence. PKM: Beginning with your collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993), in which there are no central plots or protagonists, experimentation with form has been the hallmark of your writing (‘Manners of Dying’, for instance, tells multiple versions of the same story). There are all the generic ingredients at play in your work: autobiographical realism, modernism, postmodernism (your use of anachrony, and your characters coming of age through the other http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Countertext Edinburgh University Press

The CounterText Interview: Yann Martel

Countertext , Volume 8 (2): 17 – Aug 1, 2022

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Edinburgh University Press
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Copyright © Edinburgh University Press
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2056-4406
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2056-4414
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10.3366/count.2022.0269
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Yann Martel and Pavan Kumar Malreddy Yann Martel is the author of four novels, a short story collection, and a book of letters addressed to the Prime Minister of Canada. His acclaimed novel, Life of Pi (2001), was a universal bestseller and was adapted to the screen by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee. Given the prominence of animals, anthropomorphism, and comparative religion in his work, critics have variedly dubbed him a post-secularist, a post-humanist, a magic realist, and a maverick of form. A classicist in style, a lyricist in prose, an avant- gardist in spirit, Yann Martel deals with themes and motifs as expansive as God, art, adventuring, migration, and taxidermy. This conversation took place in the summer of 2021 and was revisited over email correspondence. PKM: Beginning with your collection of short stories, The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (1993), in which there are no central plots or protagonists, experimentation with form has been the hallmark of your writing (‘Manners of Dying’, for instance, tells multiple versions of the same story). There are all the generic ingredients at play in your work: autobiographical realism, modernism, postmodernism (your use of anachrony, and your characters coming of age through the other

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CountertextEdinburgh University Press

Published: Aug 1, 2022

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