"Martel's new, strong voice weaves together out smallest anxieties and memories with the sentences and executions passed upon all of us by war, crime, and life. AIDS is blended into the lunace of history. Violins into the Vietnam War. Variations of a warden's letter to the mother of a son he had just hanged are laid out as in a manual of etiquette. Martel has that rare talent of making fiction true and thus painful yet compelling." -John Ralston Saul "The Facts behind the Helsinki Roccamatios is a story of extreme youth and death, and I find it hard to describe just how moving it is... When I finished reading it, I telephoned a friend, wanting company, but found that I was incoherant; I simply couldn't tell her what had happened to me... It is one of the strange things about art that what devastates us also in soome way heals us, or at least leads us to where we need to go." -Merna Summers, Canadian Forum YAHN MARTEL was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at Trent University and doing various odd jobs, he began to write. He is the Man Booker Prize-winning author of "Life of Pi," and "Self", both novels published to international acclaim. He lives in Montreal.