Neil Bissoondath's writes fiction and non-fiction. In both genres, he deals with themes of migration and dislocation. His collection of stories, Digging Up the Mountains (Random House, 1988) earned considerable praise. It was followed by the novel, A Casual Brutality, in 1989. He was short-listed for the 1999 Governor General's Award for Fiction for The Worlds Within Her. His controversial book Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multi-Culturalism in Canada (Penguin Canada, 1994) critiques Canada's identity politics from his perspective as a Canadian who emigrated from Trinidad over twenty years ago.