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Paul Sunga

Paul Singh Sunga was born in Ottawa, Ont. He has a PhD in Medicine from the University of British Columbia as well as degrees in biology and philosophy. He worked for many years in Southern and Eastern Africa as well as Southern Asia in the fields of community development and public health. Sunga teaches medical sciences at Langara College in Vancouver, B.C., and also serves as an international development consultant. His third novel, This Age of Wealth is awaiting publication.


The Lions

Victoria, B.C.: Orca, 1992.

Synopsis (From the author’s website)

The Lions is the story of two men of diverse backgrounds struggling for survival in Northern and urban Canada. The vision here is one tinted by the displacement of people from their communities and families. This began, though, as a meditation on weakness of the will, the problem of akrasia, the philosophical question of whether a person can ever knowingly make a morally wrong choice. Jaswant Sijjer and Conrad Grey both grow up in broken families, and as adults they find themselves searching for ethical signposts. On a practical level they find themselves broken, running, and working together in a ditch…



Red Dust, Red Sky

Regina, Sask.: Coteau Books, 2008.

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Red Dust, Red Sky is set in southern Africa during the time of official apartheid. A family originally from India lives in exile in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho, a tiny country entirely surrounded by South Africa itself. The aftermath of the murder of a student activist at the hands of the South African police – betrayal, the struggle for redemption and years of life underground – is the basis for this powerful story. The language is beautiful, the plot riveting, the characters vivid, edgy and humorous, full of life and eccentric energy, sexual and otherwise.


Paul Sunga personal website