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Herodotus’s description poses the question of what establishes identity. Language manifests itself as one of the markers of identity. Yet the “English” patient speaks various languages—English, German, and the tribe’s Ondaatje’s The English Patient and Rewriting History 41 dialect—rather than only one. He crosses linguistic as well as national boundaries and therefore remains an unidentified alien figure with his “black body” (Ondaatje 3) and his “dark face” (4). There is always something we do not know about the “English” patient.
2 (1997): 405–31. MacInnes, Colin. ” Sidney Nolan: Catalogue of an Exhibition of Paintings from 1947 to 1957 Held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London: June to July 1957. London: Whitechapel Art Gallery, 1957. Ondaatje, Michael. The Man with Seven Toes. Toronto: The Coach House P, 1969. Ondaatje, Michael. In the Skin of a Lion. New York: Quality Paperbacks Book Club, 1997. Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient. Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1992. Said, Edward W. ” The World, the Text, and the Critic.
In addition to underscoring the ongoing controversy over the truth value of the chronicles, Ondaatje reinforces further in his novel the connection between Buddhism and earthly politics by fashioning striking parallels between its portrait of Palipana and the real-life eminent Sri Lankan epigraphist Senerat Paranavitana, the first Sinhala commissioner of archaeology. In the 1920s, Paranavitana published an interpretation of inscriptional evidence that was used to legitimate the claim that the first Sinhalese king Vijaya, celebrated in the Mahavamsa for repeating the unification of the island first enacted by the Buddha, was not simply a hero, but a member of the Aryan race.