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Ondaatje, Michael
New York : Vintage Books, 1996
He lies on the bed in the villa north of Florence.  His body is black from the burns he has endured.  His face is not recognizable as a human face.  And yet he can talk and his young nurse has stayed with him to work with him.  The rest of the hospital staff has left the villa now that the war has ended.  Hana doesn't believe her charge will survive being moved so she decided to stay behind.  She feels very strongly for this young man.  He doesn't remember who he is.  He only tells her that he is English.  When Caravaggio, a family friend from Canada learns that Hana is at the villa, he decides to join her and perhaps help with the care of the patient.  It is Caravaggio who will untangle the past of the patient and reveal who he really is.
SUBJECTS:      World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction


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