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By Nathan Sellyn

“Unflinching. Angry. Honest and original. Sometimes even bizarre. But Nathan Sellyn’s stories are far more than that. Boys learning the brutality of growing up, and full-grown men trying to come to terms with the youth they’ve lost. Young Sellyn’s stories are shockingly good. This is a fine, fine first collection with a dark heart. And Sellyn is a writer at the start of a great career.”
-Joseph Boyden, author of Three Day Road

“Nathan Sellyn is not only a smart and fearless new writer but also an uncommonly wise one. His deceptively lean stories uncover the delicate truths lurking within moments of brutality.”
-Kevin Chong, author of Baroque-a-Nova


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Indigenous Beasts is a daring and energetic fiction collection from an enormously talented young writer. Sellyn’s stories are populated with indifferent young men sorting out violence and despair in their lives, and clumsily questing after love – from parents, spouses, and strangers. These stories are raw and elemental, yet beautiful and compelling. Through characters who are often despicable or violent, and with fresh, stark writing, Sellyn elevates the everyday into the truly extraordinary. Indigenous Beasts marks the arrival of a bold and confident new voice in Canadian fiction.

“An impressive debut. These are powerful stories, suspenseful and unpredictable, aimed for the jugular.”
-Joyce Carol Oates, author of Black Water

“Indigenous Beasts is a breath of fresh air in Canadian writing. . .[Sellyn] is, on the surface, everything the Canadian cultural elite idolizes in its writers. However, and this is one of the hallmarks of truly great literature, he subverts himself. . .ballsy genius.”
Edmonton Journal

“Sellyn has a real talent that has not been tamed by the endless workshopping of a creative-writing degree. . . .Since Mordecai Richler’s death, nobody has picked up the mantle of English-language satire. Could Sellyn, a former Montrealer, be the one?”
Winnipeg Free Press

“Sellyn writes like Alice Munro, well, like Alice Munro would if she was a testosterone-driven young man and had chug-a-lugged a gallon of espresso.”
Edmonton Journal

“Indigenous Beasts announces a talent that could go in any number of enticing directions, and run as long and as far as the writer wants to drive it.”
-The Gazette (Montreal)

“Nathan Sellyn manages to put some lovely words into the mouths of the men in his first collection of stories. And there’s nary a metrosexual or yoga devotee among them.”
The Georgia Straight

“Sellyn’s strength is his ability to focus on the darker and often violent and bizarre undertones inherent in the world around us.”
Calgary Herald

“A stylish debut with originality and flair to spare.”
Vancouver Sun


Raincoast Books, Canada, March 2006

Albin Michel, France, 2007


Winner of the Danuta Gleed Award

Shortlisted for the 2007 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book

Longlisted for the ReLit Award