In 2003 he named his top ten 20th-century political novels for the Guardian. One title on the list:
Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (2000)Read about another book on the list.
A forensic anthropologist in America returns to her birthplace, Sri Lanka, with a human rights group to study the bodies of murder victims. Against her will and better judgment she is drawn into the political turmoil behind the violence, forcing herself open to the messy complexity of truth. A dark, challenging, beautiful novel that both describes and answers the writer's (and the reader's) challenge: escape or engagement?