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Yann Martel at State Library of Queensland
Yann Martel

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, comes to Brisbane for one night only to discuss his latest novel The High Mountains of Portugal.

In Libson in 1904, a young man named Tomas discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that – if he can find it – would redefine history. Travelling in one of Europe’s earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure.

Yann's new novel is part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable, and offers a haunting exploration of great love and great loss. Filled with tenderness, humour and endless surprises, it takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century and through the human soul.

Don't miss Yann Martel, as he sits down with Griffith Review's Luke Stegemann, to discuss The High Mountains of Portugal.

Yann Martel is the author of Life of Pi, the #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide, won the 2002 Man Booker (among many other prizes), spent more than a year on Canadian and international bestseller lists, and was adapted to the screen in an Oscar-winning film by Ang Lee

Martel is also the award-winning author of The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios (which won the Journey Prize), Beatrice and Virgil, and a book of recommended reading: 101 Letters to a Prime Minister.

Born in Spain in 1963, Yann Martel studied philosophy at Trent University, worked at odd jobs—tree planter, dishwasher, security guard—and travelled widely before turning to writing. He lives in Saskatoon with the writer Alice Kuipers and their four children.

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