Yann Martel

Yann Martel
Yann Martel
  • Born: June 25, 1963
  • Nationality: Canadian
  • Profession: Author

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Yann Martel is a Spanish-born Canadian author best known for the Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi, a #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories. It has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide and spent more than a year on the Bestseller Lists of the New York Times and The Globe and Mail, among many other best-selling lists. It was adapted to the screen and directed by Ang Lee, garnering four Oscars (the most for the event) including Best Director and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score.

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A great literary work can be completely, completely unpredictable. Which can sometimes make them very hard to read, but it gives them a great originality. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
A movie is so visually powerful, so overwhelming, that it tends to crowd out how you might have imagined things.
A movie will do in one second, with one image, what it will take a novelist at least a page to describe.
Any writer will be happy and good only if they know what they're doing and why they're doing it.
Books are something social - a writer speaking to a reader - so I think making the reading of a book the center of a social event, the meeting of a book club, is a brilliant idea.
Cinema is incredibly concise.
Cinema is visually powerful, it is a complete experience, reaches a different audience. It's something I really like. I like movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Every book I've written has been a different attempt to understand something, and the success or failure of the previous one is irrelevant. I write the book I want. Failure ;Success
Fanatics do not have faith - they have belief. With faith you let go. You trust. Whereas with belief you cling. Trust ;Religion & God
How do you live with evil? Art is traditionally - certainly with my secular background - the answer, but art is very self-referential, whereas religion claims to go beyond the bounds of human existence. Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I am not an autobiographical writer.
I can't live for more than four years outside of Canada. I'm Canadian, so ultimately that is my reference point.
I find that movies tend to fix the aesthetics of a story in people's minds. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I like using animals because they help suspend my reader's disbelief. We have certain ideas about dentists. We don't have many ideas about rhinoceros dentists.
I love Canada. It's a wonderful political act of faith that exists atop a breathtakingly beautiful land. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I think art comes from some sense of discomfort with the world, some sense of not quite fitting with it. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I write slowly.
If a film project were available and the timing was right, I might be interested.
If I didn't have children, I think my life would be a failure. Life ;Failure
If you write genre fiction, you follow the rules, and you have to follow them because readers expect that.
I'm happy pretty well anywhere on this big, beautiful planet.
I'm looking at a dead event and trying to give it new life. In a sense, I'm a taxidermist. Life
I'm not a consumer. I hate buying clothes. I don't have a mobile. I just don't need things. I don't like things.
I'm still learning my craft. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
In all big cities the style of life is the same. Same endless array of restaurants; same big museums with the usual suspects; same anonymity, which can be thrilling when you're young but which I found got tiresome. Life
It's true, too, that I'm tired of using books as political bullets and grenades. Books are too precious and wonderful to be used for long in such a fashion.
'Life of Pi' was actually a very simple novel to write. Life
May books spread the world over!
Most of us get our history through story. History
Music moves me - duh - and that is like having a window opening on a heightened reality, but the effect is fleeting: When the music ends, the magic, the uplifting, vanishes and the window slams shut. Words, on the other hand, by the nature of how they work, emotions evoked by dint of carefully laid out thoughts, have a more lingering effect. Nature ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My next book - each one while I'm working on it - dances in my mind and thrills me at every turn. If it didn't, why would I write it?
Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.
The idea of a flip book still really appeals to me. That idea of fiction and non-fiction.
The language of prose is very different than the language of cinema, so the movie has to successfully translate what was in the book.
The moral of a fable is eternal. The moral of a story is temporary to a story.
Words are much better at relating emotions and thoughts.
Words aren't very good at describing complicated, strange visual things. You can try, and the reader will have some sort of image in their mind, but words aren't good at that.
You can't quantify human pain the way you can measure out sugar. Death comes one individual at a time. Time ;Death

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