In undergraduate thesis I deal with the similarities and differences between the novel and film The English Patient. To understand both works of art I begin with the presentation of the authors: writer Michael Ondaatja, his adolescence stretched across three continents and the early works, which ultimately lead to his work The English Patient. For years after release is the postmodernist novel successfully processed into a film, credited with director Anthony Minghella, whose CV I also present. After the summary of the content of novel, I compare the movie to the novel and I note that, although the film is true in its own way to story, which we got to know in Ondaatjevem novel, it makes emphasis on the love story between Count Almásyjem and Katherine, which places it in the genre of epic romantic drama. In the novel we recognize characters in details, their disorientation after the end of one of the bloodiest wars in human history, and their search for their own identity, that they will be able to cope with the world after the war. All this is marginalized in the film.