Rajorshi Chakraborti - novelist, essayist and short story writer...
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Rajorshi Chakraborti is an Indian-born novelist, essayist and short story writer. He was born in 1977 in Calcutta, and grew up there and in Mumbai. He has also lived and studied in Canada, England and Scotland, and worked, between 2007 and 2010, as a lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh. He now lives with his family in Wellington, New Zealand.

Rajorshi Chakraborti's Novelsor the day seizes you shadow play balloonists roller coaster

Raj is the author of five novels, Or the Day Seizes You, Shadow Play, Balloonists, Mumbai Rollercoaster and, most recently, The Man Who Would Not See, as well as Lost Men, a collection of short fiction. His books have been published in India, the US, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. Or the Day Seizes You was shortlisted for the 2006 Crossword Book Award in India, and has appeared in a Spanish translation entitled La Vida Que Nos Lleva. Shadow Play was originally published in 2008 by Harper Collins India under the title Derangements. Mumbai Rollercoaster received an 'honourable mention' in the Children's Writing category of the Crossword Book Awards, 2011.

Raj's latest novel, The Man Who Would Not See, was longlisted in the fiction section of the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, 2019. It is available in New Zealand and Australia, published by Penguin Random House, or else with worldwide free delivery here, and on Kindle here or here. The New Zealand Listener describes it as "an absorbing, gripping read that is ultimately about the importance of family and the emotional labour required to create deep, honest connections." This is from the Dominion Post (Wellington): "The Man Who Would Not See is a compelling book about the dislocation of belonging, geography, culture and, ultimately, memory." The Otago Daily Press called it "a sophisticated work that shows an acute awareness of changing psychological states and motivations ..." And Landfall describes it as a "wise and moral novel [which] "offers plenty of valuable insights on personal conflict and resolution and, by extension perhaps, something towards peaceful resolution of political and institutional conflict."

The Man Who Would Not See reached No 3 on the NZ fiction bestseller list. Its opening is available to read here. You can hear a conversation about the novel with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand here, and with Morrin Rout here. Further reviews on the Booksellers NZ Blog and the NZ Booklovers Blog are also accessible. You can listen to a selection of Raj's contributions on various topics to Radio New Zealand here.

"Since his dazzling debut, Chakraborti has embarked on one of the most interesting career trajectories seen in recent times."
  - From a review of Lost Men in The Sunday Guardian, India (2013).

"His writing continues to provide haunting narratives that ask pressing moral questions about how perception affects the human condition and how past events can change people."

- Nelson Mail, NZ (2018)

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