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Funny Boy

Funny Boy is Shyam Selvadurai's debut novel.

Shyam Selvadurai

In this remarkable debut novel, a boy's bittersweet passage to maturity and sexual awakening is set against escalating political tensions in Sri Lanka, during the seven years leading up to the 1983 riots. Arjie Chelvaratnam is a Tamil boy growing up in an extended family in Colombo. It is through his eyes that the story unfolds and we meet a delightful, sometimes eccentric cast of characters. Arjie's journey from the luminous simplicity of childhood days into the more intricately shaded world of adults — with its secrets, its injustices, and its capacity for violence — is a memorable one, as time and time again the true longings of the human heart are held against the way things are. (From Emblem Editions)

Interviews 

Why I Write: Shyam Selvadurai

3 years ago
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In this CBC Books video series, author Shyam Selvadurai speaks about the need for authentic and diverse perspectives in Canadian literature. 2:33
Eleanor speaks with six writers on stage at the International Literary Arts Festival in Victoria: Ian McEwan, A.L. Kennedy, Clare Boylan, Rosemary Sullivan, Shyam Selvadurai and Esta Spalding. 52:31

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