Yann Martel

Some writers manage to create a work so resonant that, for better or worse, it eclipses all their other efforts, and Yann Martel is one such scribe, thanks to the success of his acclaimed fable-like novel iLife of Pi/i ... Read more »
Born: 06/25/1963 in Salamanca, Salamanca, ES

Filmography

Writer (1)

We Ate the Children Last 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Some writers manage to create a work so resonant that, for better or worse, it eclipses all their other efforts, and Yann Martel is one such scribe, thanks to the success of his acclaimed fable-like novel <i>Life of Pi</i> (2001). A Canadian with a globe-hopping background and roots in Quebec, Martel wrote short stories and a novel that all received little notice outside of his homeland. Drawing on time spent abroad in India, he subsequently crafted <i>Life of Pi</i>, the tale of an Indian teen who winds up adrift at sea on a lifeboat with a fierce tiger as his unlikely companion. The book went on to win numerous awards and warranted many editions, but it also left Martel unable to follow it up with a full novel until nearly a decade later, with <i>Beatrice and Virgil</i> (2010), another animal-centric story, though one that did not win over nearly as many admirers. In 2012, the film adaptation of <i>Life of Pi</i> surfaced after years in development, with director Ang Lee imaginatively bringing the tale to the big screen, resulting in numerous Academy Awards and an even larger audience for Martel's remarkable novel.

Milestones

2012

Ang Lee's big-budget <i>Life of Pi</i> film adaptation debuted to accolades

2011

"We Ate the Children Last," a TV movie based on his short story, aired

2010

Published third novel, <i>Beatrice and Virgil</i>

2004

"Manners of Dying," a movie based on his short story of the same name, is released

2002

Won the Man Booker Prize for Ficton

2001

Unveiled the novel <i>Life of Pi</i>, which generated considerable buzz and acclaim

1996

Published debut novel, <i>Self</i>

1993

Released <i>The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios</i>, a short-story collection

Bonus Trivia

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The film adaptation of Life of Pi was stuck in development limbo for years, with M. Night Shyamalan and Jean-Pierre Jeunet among the potential directors.

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