Anil’s Ghost – with – There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do - Poems 1963-1978 - Michael Ondaatje 2000 - Bloomsbury, London - First Editions Two first editions from award winning Sri Lankan author and poet Ondaatje.

The impressive, powerful and fascinating novel,
Anil’s Ghost, set during Sri Lanka’s gruesome civil war of the 1980s. It tells the story of Anil, a Sri Lankan forensic pathologist who returns home after 15 years, commissioned to investigate a series of atrocities.

Together with an early collection of Ondaatje’s poems,
There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do, which blends the surreal with the everyday, creating a style of poetry that ‘relies on a hushed approach’, according to Charles Molesworth in his New York Times review.
  Born in Sri Lanka in 1943, Michael Ondaatje lived in England for several years before moving to Canada in the early 1960s, where he has resided ever since. A poet and novelist, Ondaatje is best known for his 1992 Man Booker Prize-winning novel The English Patient, which was later adapted into an Academy Award-winning film, starring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche.

References: Kizer, ‘Mr Small isn’t here: have an iguana!’
The New York Times 1987. Literature, British Council web.

Octavo. pp. [6] 311 [3]; xi [1] 107 [9]. Publisher’s black cloth, spine lettered in pink gold, dust jacket priced £16.99 to lower corner of front flap; Publisher’s red cloth boards, spine lettered in gilt. Dust jacket priced $12.95 to upper corner of front flap.
  Condition: Anil’s Ghost, fine, in fine unclipped dust jacket, There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do, near fine, foxing to top edge, bookseller stamp to front free end-paper, in near fine, price-clipped dust jacket, with mild toning to white edges of jacket.   Ref: 106691   Price: HK$ 900