Neil Bissoondath

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  • Erin Goheen

Bissoondath’s writing career was kick-started in 1984 when he received the Banff School of Fine Arts writing scholarship. This led to the publication in 1985 of Digging Up the Mountains, a collection of short stories that explore the alienating experience of migration. The collection was met with glowing reviews, and one of the short stories, “Dancing”, won both the McClelland Stewart Award for Fiction and the National Magazine Award. Six novels, a second anthology of short stories, a major non-fiction volume, radio pieces, and numerous non-fiction essays followed, and Bissoondath quickly became a significant part of Canada’s literary culture. He is most appreciated for his corpus of novels and short stories …

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Goheen, Erin. "Neil Bissoondath". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 January 2009
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