Shyam Selvadurai

Shyam Selvadurai


Born
in Colombo, Sri Lanka
March 12, 1965

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Shyam Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan-Canadian novelist who wrote Funny Boy (1994), which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Cinnamon Gardens (1998). He currently lives in Toronto with his partner Andrew Champion.

Selvadurai was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka to a Sinhalese mother and a Tamil father--members of conflicting ethnic groups whose troubles form a major theme in his work. Ethnic riots in 1983 drove the family to emigrate to Canada when Selvadurai was nineteen. He studied creative and professional writing as part of a Bachelor of Fine Arts program at York University.

Selvadurai recounted an account of the discomfort he and his partner experienced during a period spent in Sri Lanka in 1997 in his essay "Coming Out" in Time Asia's
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Funny Boy

3.92 avg rating — 3,953 ratings — published 1994 — 32 editions
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Cinnamon Gardens

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Swimming in the Monsoon Sea

3.74 avg rating — 755 ratings — published 2005 — 6 editions
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The Hungry Ghosts

3.79 avg rating — 688 ratings — published 2013 — 12 editions
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Story-Wallah: Short Fiction...

3.87 avg rating — 267 ratings — published 2004 — 6 editions
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Many Roads through Paradise...

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Write to Reconcile: An Anth...

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Write to Reconcile II

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“She is just a woman who life has made different. This is her strange way of trying to love you.”
Shyam Selvadurai, The Hungry Ghosts

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