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Raywat Deonandan

Raywat Shanker Deonanda was born in Guyana in 1967 and moved to Canada as a child. He earned both a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Western Ontario. Deonanda’s literary writings have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is based in Ottawa and worked as an epidemiologist and international health consultant prior to securing a position in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa where he specializes in global health.


Divine Elemental

Toronto: TSAR, 2003.
PS8557 .E583 D59 2003

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

This tale of romance between unlikely lovers explores the divides between science and religion, East and West, male and female, ancient and modern, and the extent to which perception defines reality.

Fiction (Short stories)

Sweet Like Saltwater: Stories

Toronto: TSAR, 1999.
PS8557 .E583 S93 1999

Publisher’s Synopsis

These stories — about a fanatical cricket supporter in rural colonial Guyana, an immigrant girl on the run on a Canadian backroad, a terrifying aquatic encounter in a faraway planetary colony of the future, a meeting of former neighbours on the banks of the Hudson — probe with acuity and a wry sense of humour the very modern condition of human exile and the search for freedom and belonging.

Awards and Honours

2000 Guyana Prize for Best First Work (Winner)

Selected Criticism and Interpretation

Chilana, Rajwant Singh. “Dr. Raywat Deonandan.” In South Asian Writers in Canada: A Bio-Bibliographical Study. Surrey, BC: Asian Publications, 2017, 260-261.
Z1376 .S68 C45 2017


Raywat Deonanda website

Publisher Mawenzi House, formerly TSAR